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L A S E L L 

The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Fall 2006 

in this issue 


Message from the President 


New Corporators 


College Update 


Connected Learning 


Campus Update 


Class Notes 


Alumni Relations 


Annual Fund 


Major Gifts 


Lasell Village 



Let the Search Begin 

Presidential Search and Transition Underway 

5trong leadership is the powerful 
attribute that steers Lasell as the College 
searches for a suitable replacement for 
its beloved president, Thomas E.f . de 
Witt, who retires next June after an 
impressive two-decade-long tenure. 

"It often is said that people are the 
most important part of decisions an 
institution makes — in short, people 
matter. Lasell is fortunate to have 
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Committee of great talent, unique back- 
grounds and broad experiences," said 
Overseer Eric Turner, chair of the 
Presidential Search Committee. 

"Representing every major constituency 
of this institution, they are dedicated 
and committed to the job of identifying 
the next leader of Lasell. They also 
understand the importance of this task." 

According to the Chairman, "The Lasell 
Board of Trustees has established a 
thoughtful framework in which the 
Presidential Search Committee, the 
Transition Planning Committee and 
Isaacson, Miller, the College's newly 
selected search firm (see story page 2), 
have developed an effective search 
process of which we all can be proud. 

continued on page to 

Trustee Sally Andrews, chair of the Transition Planning Committee and Overseer Eric 
Turner, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. 

Lasell Graduate Program Introduces Distance Learning 

h the power of technology! 

Over the last year, Lasell College gradu- 
ate students have been able to complete 
some of their degree requirements via 
distance learning thanks to the recent 

implementation of hybrid and online 
course offerings. "Since the graduate 
program is designed for working 
professionals it is important to find 
ways to make our courses accessible," 
says Dr. Mark Sciegaj, the new Dean 

Construction is underway on the new 148-bed Rockwell Hall, the single largest student 
residence in Lasell's modern history. Students are scheduled to move in by September 200J 
(see story on page 3). 

of Graduate and Professional Studies. 
So beginning last fall the program 
began offering hybrid courses which 
met face-to-face one week with the 
alternating week taking place online. 

"Taking a hybrid course was a terrific 
experience," raves Kim Menard, 
who's concentrating in Elder Care 
Administration. "You don't have pres- 
sure to get to campus every week. 
You still have to do the work, but it's 
on your own time." This made a huge 
difference to Menard, director of the 
American-International Children's 
Alliance and a mother of three who 
lives in Marblehead. 

"Hybrid courses let you balance work 
and school," agrees Sean Mari, a sup- 
port consultant at FT Interactive Data in 
Bedford, concentrating in Management. 
"Now it's much easier to do two classes 
a semester. You also get more involved 
with classmates. If you don't understand 
something — even if it's 10 o'clock 

continued on page 11 

Message from the President 

Announcing your departure well ahead 
of the date can send mixed messages. 
Is the president anxious to leave? 
Ruth Shuman, dean for Institutional 
Advancement, had humorously suggest- 
ed the following poem for my last year 
of birthday cards: "Roses are red, violets 
are blue, the tree is down and I'm out of 
here too!" 

I opted for a more professional and 
personal greeting, but it still begs the 
question of why announce early? 

The trustees had been aware of my 
calendar for some time, but we waited 

until last spring to make the announce- 
ment. I wanted to give the College 
ample time to undertake a comprehen- 
sive, deliberate search, and by all 
evidence the process is being executed 
flawlessly under the thoughtful leader- 
ship of Eric Turner, former Treasurer of 
the Board and presently an Overseer. 

By announcing early, I wanted to send 
a clear message that this was a deliber- 
ate, not a snap decision, but I also 
worried whether this made me a lame 
duck president. 

Then I thought, "Lame Duck"? Hardly. 
Not my style! Lasell still has many 
challenges to meet in its quest to 
become a truly competitive New 
England college — and we can't wait 
for a new president to chart that course. 

I have not slowed down (time enough 
for some of that in the summer of 
2007), and neither have the manage- 
ment team or the trustees. 

The external, visible transition as 
reflected in a revitalized, significantly 
expanded physical plant and student 
body is well underway. We need to con- 
tinue to grow the resident population 
in order to create a more lively campus 
with a broad array of clubs and activi- 

ties. But the toughest hurdles to 
becoming a selective, highly competitive 
institution capable of weathering unpre- 
dictable market storms are internal 
ones: recruiting and retaining academi- 
cally stronger students, strengthening 
the intellectual climate and offering a 
greater array of courses and majors. 

In this, my last year, the College is 
not treading water. The single largest 
student residence in Lasell's modern 
history, a 148-bed Rockwell Hall, is 
under construction, ready for occupancy 
by next fall's entering class (see story 
on page 3). 

Working with the newly formed 
Auburndale Historic District 
Commission, which has jurisdiction 
over 98% of the campus, we were able 
to craft a compromise which preserved 
the historic Rockwell that houses the 
acclaimed nursery school program in 
return for permission to build the 
new residence. 

We have developed hybrid online gradu- 
ate courses and will offer a fully online 
master's degree in eldercare manage- 
ment program by 2007, which will be 
offered across the nation. 

We also hired three top-notch faculty in 
Communications, Criminal Justice and 
Business Marketing to strengthen exist- 
ing majors and are scheduled to hire 
four more in 2007 (probably in Sports 
Management, Fashion Merchandising, 
Economics and English) as we move 
closer to our goal where two-thirds of all 
classes are taught by full-time faculty. 

As many colleges increase reliance on 
part-timers in response to budget pres- 
sures, we hire more full-time faculty 
while generating a $1+ million surplus 
for the third consecutive year and 
growing the endowment to almost 
$20 million. 

We're not standing still! Innovation, 
the hallmark of a rich Lasell tradition, 
is alive on campus. Thank you for keep- 
ing the faith during the difficult years 
of transition. 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

Lasell Board Activity 

New Corporators Elected 

Lasell College is pleased to welcome two 
new Corporators. 

Jane Wadhams 
Hazen '49 is a mem- 
ber of the Wadhams 
family that has had 
many Lasell gradu- 
ates. While at Lasell, 
Jane lived in 
Chandler house, 
was a member of the Orphean Club, and 
was on many sports teams, including 
soccer, basketball, and volleyball. A loyal 
alumna, Jane still has her Lasell banner. 

Married to Charles S. Hazen (Trinity 
College '46) in 1951, the couple has 
three daughters and lives in West 
Hartford, CT Mr. Hazen is retired 
from Connecticut General Life. 

Jane has served as deacon at her church, 
chairing a number of committees, and is 
in the Whitechapel Handbell Choir. She 
served on the board of the Wadsworth 
Athenaeum and has spent time volun- 
teering at local nursing homes. 

Dorothy Cooke 
Merchant '40 came 
to Lasell after a year 
at Colby Junior 
College. She lived in 
Cushing House and 
was a member of the 
Modern Dance Club 
and crew. The Lamp states that "her 
time is well spent" and she has always 
been know as a woman of great spirit. 

Dorothy lives in Greenwich, CT and has 
one daughter and two granddaughters. 
She was actively involved in building 
commercial properties and sold her real 
estate firm in 1985. She also has her 
own foundation and has supported the 
Greenwich Library and the American 
Lung Association. 

A member of the Heritage Society, she 
donated generously to the Lasell 150 
Campaign and the Merchant Stage in 
de Witt Hall is named in her honor. 1 

Firm Retained to Support 
the Search for Lasell College's 
Next President 

On the recommendation of the Lasell 
College Search Committee, chaired by 
Overseer Eric Turner, the nationally- 
known, Boston-based executive search 
firm of Isaacson, Miller has been 
retained to assist in the search for the 
next president of Lasell College. 

"Lasell is an adept, modern institution 
that deserves and requires innovative 
leadership. With the help of Isaacson, 
Miller, we will find a strong leader with 
the vision and experience to take this 
institution to the next level," said 
Chairman Turner. 

Isaacson, Miller ( — 
with offices in Boston, Washington, D.C. 
and San Francisco — counts among 
its clients small, liberal arts colleges, 
leading research universities, K-12 
educational institutions, healthcare 
organizations, foundations, cultural 
institutions, and human service endeav- 
ors. Focused on the independent sector, 
with a specialty in higher education, 
Isaacson, Miller has substantial 
experience in conducting searches 
for liberal arts college leadership. 
In the last two years, Isaacson, Miller 
has completed presidential searches for 
11 institutions of higher education. For 
more information relating to Lasell's 
Presidential Search, please visit *•' 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

College Update 

Compromise Enables Building to Proceed 

Construction Begins on new Rockwell Residence Hall 

In spite of the fact that Lasell has built 
four residence halls in the past five 
years, there continues to be a shortage 
of beds on campus. For the 2005 aca- 
demic year, 60 students spent their 
first semester living at the Holiday Inn 
on Grove Street in Auburndale. As 
appealing as maid service and room 
service might be to the students, the 
College would much prefer to have 
everyone living on campus. As a result 
of the College working cooperatively 
with the Auburndale Historic District, 
Lasell is closer to its goal. A new 148- 
bed residence hall is under construction 
on a site next to the Holway Child Study 
Center at Rockwell. 

The building, currently being called 
Rockwell Hall, is the first project to 
be brought before the Auburndale 
Historic District Commission (AHDC) 
by the College since the creation of the 
historic district in May 2005. Any new 
construction, or modification to existing 
buildings that can be seen from a public 
way, must be approved by the AHDC. 
If the Commission determines that the 
building design fits within the charac- 
teristics of the neighborhood, they issue 
a "Certificate of Appropriateness" — the 

first step before applying for a building 
permit from the City of Newton. 

The process got off to a rocky start 
when the AHDC would not allow the 
representatives from Lasell to attend a 
meeting to which they were invited to 
informally present the plans for this 
project. What followed was an extraordi- 
narily cooperative process between 
Lasell and the AHDC. The Commission 
scheduled extra meetings to make sure 
a College deadline was met so that the 
Board of Trustees could vote on this 
project at their meeting on January 30, 
2006. Ruth Shuman, dean for 
Institutional Advancement, Thomas 
Koerber, director of Facilities and 
Public Safety, and architect John 
Pears, from Steffian Bradley Architects 
(SBA) attended every meeting of the 
Commission when this project was 
on the agenda. Neighbors and commis- 
sioners alike offered invaluable design 
recommendations to make the building 
fit appropriately on the site. 

Lasell took advantage of some new 
technology that allowed the architect to 
create a virtual tour of the new building 
and all surrounding buildings and vege- 

tation. It was possible to view the new 
building from any house abutting the 
project to see what would be visible to 
the homeowner in both the winter and 
the summer. SBA was also able to modi- 
fy the dimensions of the building in 
"real time" so that the commissioners 
could immediately see the impact the 
changes would have on the site. 

The original plan called for two 102-bed 
dormitories. One to be built now and 
the second to be built after the city 
approved the demolition of the old 
Rockwell building next May. Instead, 
the College proposed a 148-bed 
residence hall and a promise not 
to demolish the old Rockwell for a 
generation. The Commission, which 
clearly hopes to preserve and not demol- 
ish buildings with historic significance, 
and the City were thrilled with the 
College's compromise. 

On April 28, Newton Mayor David 
Cohen and Lasell President Thomas 
de Witt signed the papers agreeing to 
the joint compromise. As soon as the 
preservation agreement was signed, 
the Certificate of Appropriateness went 
into effect. 

Mayor David Cohen, Lasell President 
Thomas de Witt and John Rodman, chair- 
man of the Newton Historic Commission, 
sign the compromise agreement that allows 
the construction of Rockwell Hall. 

It looks like the College set the stan- 
dards for institutions in Auburndale 
which will be coming before the 
AHDC. "I'm very hopeful that we've 
turned the corner, and moving forward 
we'll be able to work well together," 
said Dean Shuman. 

"This was more expeditious than we 
initially thought," concurred President 
de Witt. "Construction on the building 
began in July and we are looking for- 
ward to Rockwell Hall being occupied 
in September 2007." 

The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes Sends Lasell's 
2006 Graduates OffWith Wisdom and Humor 

The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes 
marches into Commencement. 

I he Reverend Professor Peter J. 
Gomes, whom Time magazine called 
one of the top seven preachers in 
America, gave the 210 members of the 
class of 2006 and their families a good- 
natured 'what for,' Sunday, May 21, 

2006, at the 152nd commencement of 
Lasell College. 

In a charmingly wry speech that includ- 
ed quotes from Dr. Seuss and Alice in 
Wonderland, Reverend Gomes extolled 
his listeners to "learn from failure and 
to take on impossible things. 

"I'm very much aware of what my 
duties are today and, to some degree, 
they are easy to fulfill. My job is to 
talk. Yours is to listen. If you finish 
your job before I finish mine, I hope 
you will be kind enough to wait 
until I finish mine," he teased as 
he offered his unique brand of pep 
talk to graduates and their families, 
who rewarded the renowned Plummer 
Professor of Christian Morals and 
Pusey Minister in The Memorial 
Church at Harvard with cheers and 
an extended standing ovation. 

Quoting from Alice Roosevelt 
Longworth, Teddy Roosevelt's daughter, 
whose philosophy was simply, 'fill 
what's empty, empty what's full, and 

scratch what itches,' Reverend Gomes 
said, "Some will find this the most use- 
ful thing you have heard here — not 
just today, but over the course of four 
and in some cases five and six years. 

"College never looks better than within 
the hour of leaving it," he suggested. 
"You are going out into a very screwed 
up world," he said in a deeply resonant 
voice. "I want to be the first to tell you 
that it's really messed up and that your 
parents had a great hand in messing it 
up. You will spend a term's tuition just 
getting your gas tank filled! 

"We have tenure," he said of himself 
and the faculty that sat behind him in 
full academic regalia. "Thank God for 
tenure! That means we never have to 
face reality. But you do. You may be 
tempted to take the advice of George 
Plimpton who is said to have given the 
best commencement speech ever. He 
looked at the graduates as I look at you 
and he said, 'Don't go.' 

"But you must go," Gomes said, urging 
graduates to find the impossible tasks 
ahead of them and take them on with 
zeal. "We do not need any more dull 
and tedious people in the world. Do 
the impossible with your minds, with 
your hands, with your talents, and with 
your gifts. 

"I want to suggest that the glory and 
the joy of life is living and believing in 
things that most people see as impossi- 
ble," Gomes told his audience. 

"Live interesting, risky, dangerous, 
creative lives. Live a life not wasted. 
That is the greatest hope of all. Find 
something worth doing. Do crazy 
things that don't make sense in the real, 
cold, rational world in which we live. 
Love your neighbor, do a good turn 
daily, save your money, spend it wisely, 
embrace strangers, prefer peace to war, 
don't trust people who lie, and don't 
lie yourself." '*' 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves \ 


Connected Learning 

Alumni and Villagers Share Experiences 

American Civilization Students Get First Hand Historical Accounts 

IVIy hope was to set up a project that 
would create pen-pals across history," 

- History Professor Denny Frey 
about the research he asked his 
American Civilization students to 
undertake this spring. "By putting 
students in touch with alumni and 
Villagers to get their historical perspec- 
tive. I felt they would see that textbooks 
only give a broad brush stroke to 
events. I wanted them to speak with 
individuals who personally saw and 
made changes happen." 

The class focused this connected learn- 
ing research project on the period from 
the 1929 Depression through the end of 
the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin 
Wall in 1989. They were to concentrate 
on the everyday life and experiences of 
"ordinary" Americans, using not only 
primary and secondary sources, but also 
to complete an oral history component 
by carrying out a series of conversations 
with individuals who had lived through 
the events. 

"I wanted the students to discover what 
the living conditions were like during 
these years, what kind of jobs were 
available, what education was like," 
says Professor Frey. "I sent out an 
email to alumni who were suggested 
to me by the Alumni Relations Office, 

asking them if they would be willing 
to be interviewed by members of my 
class. 1 was overwhelmed by the 
positive response." 

"I found the experience thought provok- 
ing," says Carole K. Bellew '65. "As we 
exchanged emails with the students and 
other alums, it was interesting to see 
what areas were zeroed in on. The proj- 
ect was an excellent way to connect 
alumni to Lasell." 

"I worked with five other students in a 
team," says Amanda Miller '09, "and we 
concentrated on the Cold War. One of 
the alumni we spoke with put us in 
touch with friends that she thought 
would be particularly helpful. I was so 
impressed by the amount of time people 
gave to us. 

"I received a detailed three-page email 
from a man recalling what life was like 
in the '70s and '80s. I was particularly 
struck by his talking about how much 
the government and politicians wanted 
people to fear and hate communists. I 
was also touched when he talked about 
Vietnam, remembering classmates who 
lost brothers, and his listening to Walter 
Cronkite bringing the war into every- 
one's home. It's not very different from 
what is happening today." 

Villager Aaron Wasserman talks with Ivan Gonzalez 'og about life during World War II. 

Being able to talk with the Villagers 
face-to-face about their life experiences 
also made a huge impact on the stu- 
dents. When Robert Corr '09 and 
Christine Lyons '07 met with Villager 
Dottie Lambert they discovered they 
were talking to an activist who felt very 
strongly that after World War II women 
needed equal opportunities in the work- 
place. "She is a woman who is willing 
to fight for change and who feels there 
is so much more to accomplish," 
says Christine. 

"As the students gave their final reports, 
it was evident that hearing about 
people's life experiences caused the 
students to be more empathetic and 
more socially aware," says Professor 
Frey. "It made them reflect on their role 
in society and what it is to be a truly 
responsible community member." '*' 

Making Math Accessible to Children 

Two Lasell Students Start America Counts Program 

Lisa Yong 'oy and Jessica Olivier '08 discuss possible math workbooks. 

I 've been involved with the America 
Reads program since I arrived at Lasell," 
says Lisa Yong '07, "and one thing I've 
learned is that children have as much 
trouble with math as they do with read- 
ing. Math seems scary, but the ability to 
think logically and problem solve are 
skills we use everyday." 

Lisa and Jessica Olivier '08 have both 
been volunteers with America Reads at 
Boston's Renaissance Charter School 
and have formed a close relationship 
with Jessica Dugan, the school's 
Director of Community and Business 
Partnerships. "Our thought was to start 
a math program at Renaissance for 

children from K through Five based on 
the America Reads model," explains Lisa. 
"We were thrilled when Jessica said the 
school would be happy to back us." 

The team of two let no moss grow 
under their feet. "We were excited from 
day one!" exclaims Jessica. "We put 
together a plan and presented it to Vice 
President for Academic Affairs Jim 
Ostrow and Education Department 
Chair Catherine Zeek and both were 
enthusiastic. We knew we were on the 
right track." 

Working within a budget, the two began 
to put together materials and enlisted 
the aid of Lasell Mathematics Professor 
Neil Hatem who offered to help with the 
training of the volunteers. "We looked at 
worksheets with him and he showed us 
how to start a master notebook. He also 
emphasized that we should have fun 
activities and lots of math jokes at our 
fingertips," says Lisa. "I guess I need to 
find out why six is afraid of seven." 

I'm an Elementary Education major 
and teaching will be my profession," 
explains Jessica. "To have this opportu- 
nity to work with the young students, 
identify their areas of weakness, watch 
them progress, and see their confidence 
grow is going to be both personally and 
professionally rewarding for me." 

Lisa and Jessica have a goal of mid- 
October for the start date for America 
Counts. They hope to begin the pilot 
project with six tutors and will begin 
their training as soon as possible. "Until 
we start we won't know what works and 
what doesn't work," says Lisa, "but we're 
looking forward to working one-on-one 
with these children to give them a leg 
up with their math skills." » 

A Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Connected Learning 

Building a Strong Foundation Over Alternative Spring Break 

Lasell Students Travel to Washington State to Work 
with Habitat for Humanity 

The group gathers in front of their Habitat house. Back Row (L to R): Jennifer Hawkins 
'08, Christopher Roy 'oy, Donna Mclntyre 'og, Kathleen Fenelius 'oy, Art Professor Annee 
Scott, Jennifer Boyd '06, Kianna Gooden '06. Middle Row (L to R) Vista Volunteer Melissa 
Martin, Chelsea Comeau '08, Maria Montefusco '08, Charles Feeley '08. Front Row 
(L to R) Jacqueline Janda '08, Lisa Yong 'oy, Jessica Olivier '08. 


Let's get the siding up. ..Could you 
help me dig the footing for these 
stairs?" These are not phrases typically 
heard among college students over their 
spring break. But the 13 Lasell students 
who headed out to LaConner, in 
Washington's Skagit Valley, were not an 
ordinary group. 

The Lasell "construction" team was 
accompanied by the College's 
AmeriCorps-'Vista volunteer Melissa 
Martin and Art Professor Annee Scott. 
"Everyone worked side-by-side on an 
equal footing and, being older, I was so 
pleased to be able to keep up," laughs 
Professor Scott. "By the end of the week 
an incredible bond had formed between 
all of us. I'm totally hooked and hope to 
be able to participate next year." 

When the group arrived in LaConner, 
they were greeted by their Habitat host, 
Marsha Belmont. "She was incredibly 
welcoming and made it so easy for us to 
fit into the community," recalls Melissa. 
"As the week went on she would pick out 
individuals to 'help' her on tasks, but it 
was really her way of taking us to differ- 
ent neighborhoods, so that by the time 
we left we felt we really knew the area." 

Last spring, Lasell worked with Habitat 
in Immokalee, FL but "this was a differ- 
ent experience," says Lisa Yong '07. "In 
Florida we worked on several houses, so 
we were spread out and didn't see much 
of each other. This year, we were all 
working on the same house which made 
us pull together. We could see it grow 
because of our efforts and we felt we 
were really helping the woman whose 
house it was going to be. She was an 
abused mother of two boys and Habitat 
worked with her to see how she envi- 
sioned the house." 

Seven or eight volunteers from the area 
who were familiar with construction 
were the backbone of the project. They 
had been there since the beginning 
and "they were stand-offish when we 
arrived," recalls Jessica Olivier '08. 
"One of the things I valued most was 
getting to know them and earning their 
respect. Lester was 80-years-old and he 
was in better shape than all of us. His 
age didn't keep him from having an 
incredible spark!" 

In the evenings the Lasell group would 
get together and reflect on the day. 
Melissa instituted individual "affirma- 
tion bags." Each member of the group 
would write a daily note sharing some- 
thing positive they had noticed about a 
particular person. "When you're tired it 
is great to read something wonderful 
that someone has written about you," 
recalls Professor Scott. "It made us 
appreciate each other and it's a wonder- 
ful way to keep memories." '< 

There were no injured fingers for this ham- 
mering group. Back to front: Professor 
Annee Scott, Kianna Gooden '06, Donna 
Mclntyre 'og, and Jennifer Boyd '06. 

What a Week It Was 

Connected Learning Symposium 

This year marked the fifth anniversary 
of Lasell's Connected Learning 
Symposium Week, which was held from 
May 1-6. There were back-to-back 
exhibits and presentations that show- 
cased students' work: members of the 
Honors Program reviewed special 
projects that they had been involved in, 
students from a variety of disciplines 
discussed research projects that they 
had undertaken, national and interna- 
tional service learning experiences were 
shared, topics in justice and law were 
covered, the variety of internships 
undertaken was revealed, and the 
annual Fashion Show ("Boston Rocks 
Fashion") was the finale. 

Of particular note this year was a poster 
session and demonstrations that filled 

the entire Brennan Library ground floor. 
This included audio visual presenta- 
tions, electronic portfolios, posters, and 
graphics that were showcased by faculty 
and students from many different disci- 
plines. Presentations ranged from the 
VITA program, to the aging process, 
from learning spaces' effects upon 
teaching, to substance abuse. A per- 
formance by the Lasell Blues Chorus 
gave the event a festive air. I 


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Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 5 

Connected Learning 

Crossing the Age and Memory Divide 

Psychology Students Work With Patients at Chetwynde 
Rehabilitation Center 

I have never been face-to-face with 
someone who has Alzheimers," says 
Vanessa Mercado '07 as she reflects 
on the collaborative project that her 
Biological Basis of Behavior class partic- 
ipated in at the Chetwynde Health and 
Rehabilitation Center in Newton. 
"I was pretty scared at first, but soon 
realized that they're people just like 
everyone else. After we finished, 1 
looked at life in a different way." 

"Brain based topics can be intimidating 
for students," says Professor Amy 
Wagenfeld, "and prior to our project 
at Chetwynde, only two of my students 
had ever been to a nursing home 
before. I was looking for a way to com- 
bine classroom with a 'real life' learning 
experience that would both alleviate 

anxiety with regard to work with the 
elderly and also empower students to 
link their intellectual knowledge with a 
real world experience. 1 was delighted to 
be able to plan a collaborative connected 
learning program with Chetwynde's 
Activities Director Allison Caplin." 

The students worked in small groups to 
put together activities directed towards 
music and motor skills and sensory 
and memory skills. The program they 
devised involved two visits to the Center 
over a two-week period. 

"When preparing for going to 
Chetwynde, our class made sure we 
were ready for anything that might 
happen during our activities," says 
Emma Young '07. "I helped plan and 

(L to R) Psychology Professor Felice Gordis, Sarah Williams '07, and Shannon Garvey '07 
demonstrate the Wonder Balloon game played with the Chetwynde residents. 

The Chetwynde group pauses for a photo. Back row (L to R) Professor Amy Wagenfeld, 
Mabel Valenzuela '07, Shannon Garvey '07, Jenna DeFrancesco '06, Hafsa Lewis '07, 
Angela Piranosian '07, Vanessa Mercado '07. Front row (L to R) Sarah Williams '07, 
Emma Young '07, Chetwynde Activities Director Allison Caplin, Janelle Baptiste '07. 

implement sensory activities. We 
thought if we brought many different 
items to smell, taste, and touch some- 
thing might trigger a memory. One of 
the residents I worked with could not 
tell me what she smelled but she smiled 
after some of the smells. It was extreme- 
ly satisfying to know she could smile 
and be responsive to me." 

All the activities seemed to bring happi- 
ness and a sense of excitement to the 
residents. Among their favorites were 
doing the Hokey Pokey, singing You are 
My Sunshine. "They were comforted by 
holding our hands and singing with us," 
recalls a student, "and enjoyed tasting 
and identifying food with their eyes 
closed. They loved the strawberries!" 

"It is so powerful for students to move 
beyond the textbook," says Activities 
Director Caplin. "Just reading theory 
doesn't dispel the fears some students 
might have. It's so important to have 
an actual experience and the residents 
loved the energy they brought to 
the Center." 

"During our experiences at Chetwynde, 
we all learned a little something we can 
take with us for the rest of our lives," 
recalls Shannon Garvey '06. "I learned 
how much of an impact I can have on 
someone and how exciting it is to see 
someone really enjoy your company. 
I saw how unique and special each 
resident was, an appreciation I can 
take with me for the rest of my life." 

An Evening of Smiles 

The Student Awards Banquet 

Communications Professor Brian Wardyga sits with a 
happy Donna Mclntyre 'og and Erica Desautels '09. 

(L to R) Lasell Bowl award winners Kianna Gooden '06, 
Valerie Pierre '06, John Colby Gorniewicz '06, and 
Christina DeLuca '08. Missing: Cathee Hill '07 and 
Elizabeth Landon '06 and Lasell Chair winner Aida 
Mejia '06. 

(L to R) Tabatha Torres '07, Christhela Cordero '07, Shawn 
Proctor '06 and Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft '08, members of 
the executive board of Multicultural Student Union the 
Club/Organization of the year. 

Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Connected Learning 

Far Horizons 

Scope of Study Abroad Sites Expands 

In the upcoming months, Lasell stu- 
dents will be found in such far away 
places as Dubai, China, Mexico, and 
Italy. Samantha Billington '06 spent 
the winter of her senior year in Papua 
New Guinea (see story p. 8) and Kelly 
Hall '08 spent last fall living with a 
family in Salamanca, Spain. 

"The groundwork was in place when I 
took over Study Abroad," says Program 
Director Tessa LeRoux. "What better job 
is there — encouraging students to find 
rigorous overseas programs that also 
expose them to a wide variety of cul- 
tures. I spent four days at the American 
Intercontinental University (AIU) in 
London and was so impressed. Their 
faculty is outstanding and they also offer 
fantastic internships." 

(L to R) Kristina Galley 'oy and Gabby 
Praino 'oy decide, to phone home from 

During the fall of 2005, eight students 
took advantage of AIU in London. 
Fashion Design and Production major 
Krystal Molinari '07 spent four months 
there. "My experience completely 
changed me," she says. "It was so moti- 
vating. The professors were incredibly 
enthusiastic and they all were employed 
in the fashion industry. In my acces- 
sories class I worked closely with Tracey 
Speige, a milliner from Paris who had 
been with Gucci, Saint Laurent, and 
other famous design houses. Under 
her guidance I made a couture hat by 
hand and I included it in Lasell' s spring 
fashion show." 

Kristina Galley '07 not only took classes 
in London, but also had an internship 
with Turkish clothing designer Bora 
Aksu. "It was a small company, which 
is just what I wanted. I was exposed to 
all sides of the business, from cutting 
patterns, to sewing garments, to doing 
public relations, and researching 
the competition. 

"I feel the experience improved the 
quality of my work and it certainly 
raised my standards. The internship 
showed me how the industry works. I 
know that they appreciated my efforts 
and they were always willing to give me 
valuable advice." 

Besides London, AIU also has a campus 
in Dubai, which is the first American- 
accredited university in the Gulf region. 
International Business major Georges 
Fadel '08 is spending this fall there and 
will be at the University of Veracruz, 
Mexico for his spring semester. 

"Life is an adventure. I have always 
wanted to learn about other cultures," 
Georges explains. "I am originally from 
Lebanon and so I represent an Arabic 
country, but I don't feel Arabic. I want to 
live in the culture so that I can grow to 
understand it." 

Georges speaks four languages 
(English, Arabic, French and Spanish) 
but the business classes that he will 
be taking will all be given in English. 
"I want to see and meet people from 
as many countries as possible. In inter- 
national business you must be a leader 
and learn how to communicate both 
linguistically and mentally. I want to 
be prepared." 

Students who are involved in extra cur- 
ricular activities on campus have found 
that enrolling in a summer program 
abroad is an excellent way to have an 
overseas experience. Fashion Design 
and Production major Sarah Schlegel 
'07 didn't want to miss any of her Lasell 
classes or the lacrosse season. She went 
to London for a 10-week summer 
internship, organized by AIU, and 
worked for Bodas, a catalog lingerie 
company. "I learned their way of busi- 
ness and their view of America. They 
were dying to hear my interpretation of 
Victoria's Secret," she laughs. 

Several students learned of summer 
programs through the Study Abroad 
Fair that is held at Lasell in the fall. 

Krystal Molinari 'oy models the silk brocade couture hat she created and hand stitched for 
her accessories class at Al U in London. 

Criminal Justice major Amanda 
Wasowski '06 found herself talking to 
the representative from Lynn University 
in Florida. "I never thought it would 
be possible for me to study abroad 
but I found out about a nine-week 
summer internship at the American 
College in Dublin. I have always been 
curious about how foreign systems of 
law differ from that in the U.S. This 
was an opportunity I couldn't resist," 
she explains. 

Shawna Kelly '07 spent five weeks in 
Syracuse, Sicily. "At the Study Abroad 
Fair, I seemed to be magnetically drawn 
to the Mediterranean School of Arts and 

Sciences representative," she recalls. 
"I'm a Legal Studies major with a Math 
minor but I couldn't resist the opportu- 
nity to spend a summer just enriching 
myself. I took Italian and a biology class 
that introduced me to Mediterranean 
ecosystems. It was fascinating." 

"Talking to the students when they 
return from overseas is another perk 
of this job," says Director LeRoux. "The 
experience adds to their world under- 
standing and by sharing what they have 
learned with their classmates they 
encourage others to apply for a semes- 
ter abroad. My door is always open." < 

Students attend the study abroad fair to explore different program 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 7 


Connected Learning 

A World Away 

Samantha Billington '06 Student Teaches in Papua 
New Guinea 

The small village of Ukarumpa. Papua 
New Guinea (PNG) is about as far 
away geographically and culturally as 
you can get from Boston, MA. But, for 
three months it was home for Child 
Development/ Early Childhood Education 
major Samantha Billington 'o6. 

"Missionaries from PNG came to my 
church in Eastford, CT and did a presen- 
tation on tire work they were doing. 
I said to myself, 'That's amazing!' When 
I heard that there were student teachers 
at the Ukarumpa Center, I knew right 
away that this was something that I 
wanted to do," exclaims Samantha. 

It took more than a year of perseverance 
to make her dream come true. One 
of the biggest hurdles was getting 
the Massachusetts Department of 
Education to give her credit for 
teaching abroad. "There's a little bit of 

had never been in a third world 
country before and I certainly have 
never lived in such a small town," 
Samantha exclaims. 

The school at the Ukarumpa center is 
very international. It was established for 
the families of the missionaries and a 
few PNG nationals attend as well. "My 
kindergarten class was made up of five 
to eight year olds. The children are test- 
ed and put into grades by ability, not 
age. We used an Australian curriculum 
that is more advanced than ours. In 
kindergarten, children are already read- 
ing and writing." 

As she settled in to her routine, 
Samantha was given more and more 
responsibility by Jo Miller, her head 
teacher, and she also helped one of 
the special needs teachers with writing 
lessons. "I had never worked in a class- 

Samantha helps tend the fire at a village "mumu" or feast. 

flexibility in the requirements," explains 
Education Department Chair Catherine 
Zeek, "but it was Samantha who 
really took the initiative and organized 
everything. I was glad to be able to 
back her up. Experiencing a multicultur- 
al, multinational, and multilingual 
setting is irreplaceable and will stand 
Samantha in good stead no matter 
where she teaches." 

Although Samantha and the three other 
students who were accepted into the 
Summer Institute of Linguistics program 
received some training during their four- 
day stop over in New Zealand en route to 
PNG, it didn't fully prepare her for what 
lay ahead. "We learned some of the cul- 
tural do's and don'ts, had some language 
training in Melanesian pidgin, and were 
told what would be expected of us. But I 

room all day, every day, and I gained 
an enormous amount of experience. 
Eventually, Jo trusted me to run the 
class by myself and I discovered that I 
really like being a full-time teacher." 

Samantha was also able to visit a 
national government run school and 
saw how different a local school was 
from the Center's. "There were three 
classrooms with approximately 40 chil- 
dren in each class. The buildings were 
very old and one was just a long bam- 
boo hut. The materials the teachers 
were using were also antiquated. 
Classes are taught in pidgin and I was 
pleased to be able to understand most 
of what they were saying." 

Outside of the classroom there was no 
end to Samantha's learning experiences. 

Samantha Billington '06 and her young students are all smiles. 

"Getting to know some of the PNG 
nationals was very special. We had a 
'haus meri' who cleaned and took care 
of us. She was an extraordinary woman 
and she loved helping us improve our 
pidgin. I also became close with a 
woman, Dimeko, who worked at the 
school and she invited us to her village. 
The people live in wood and straw huts 
and there is always a fire burning in the 
middle of the floor. We went back to the 
village a few weeks later for a mumu, a 
huge feast where the food is cooked in 
the ground with fire and hot stones." 

Traveling anywhere in PNG was not 
easy. "The roads are dirt and I was there 
in the rainy season when they were 
especially impassable. Walking short 
distances was equally troublesome. 
Hiking through slippery mud that 

almost reached my ankles in a skirt was 
a challenge. Most of the time I would 
just give up on wearing shoes because 
it was easier to rinse off my feet than 
to get all the mud off my sandals," 
she laughs. 

Looking back on her three months, 
Samantha knows that it is the people 
that she will miss most. "The children 
would just arrive at my house in the 
afternoon and want to play. I would see 
them everywhere and spent a lot of time 
with their families as well. It was a com- 
munity where everyone supported each 
other and where education was highly 
valued. I can't explain how different it 
was and what a learning experience I 
had. If all goes well, I would very much 
like to return." '» 

Samantha (far left) and three fellow teachers visit the home of Dimeko. who worked at the 
Ukarumpa school. 


Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Connected Learning 

Lasell Appoints Dr. Mark Sciegaj Dean of Graduate 
and Professional Studies 

IVIark Sciegaj, who serves as director of 
the Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell 
College, has been named Dean of 
Graduate and Professional Studies. 

The Lasell appointment was announced 
by Academic Vice President Jim Ostrow, 
who said, "under Mark's recent leader- 
ship, we have expanded the Graduate 
program with new concentrations, certifi- 
cate programs, online course offerings, 
and a five-year program option for 
qualified Lasell undergraduates. We are 
excited to have Mark at the helm of our 
graduate program." 

Dr. Sciegaj is Associate Professor of 
Management and Public Policy in the 
Department of Education and Research 
at Lasell Village. He holds a B.A. degree 
from Bethany College, a M.P.H. degree 
from Emory University, and a Ph.D. 
degree from Brandeis University. His 
areas of specialization are aging and 
intergenerational studies. 

"There is a feeling of common purpose 
at Lasell, a sense that everyone really is 
a partner in the process of educating 
students, with a genuine concern about 
putting together a quality academic 
program. The result is that the College 

provides the best possible product,' 
says of the institution. 


Active professionally, Mark Sciegaj 
was recently elected president of 
the Massachusetts Gerontology 
Association, which brings together 
researchers, practitioners, and public 
policy makers in Massachusetts to cre- 
ate dialogue on critical issues related 
to aging and to facilitate the transfer 
of knowledge from academic research 
to day-to-day practice. « 

Dr. Mark Sciegaj. 

"Chroma Key" Shoots, Shotgun Microphones, Nonlinear Editing 

Advanced Communication Courses Are High Tech and Hands On 

Keya Anderson '06 shoots a commercial. 

Move over Sundance and Cannes. In 
May, the first ever Lasell Student Film 
Festival showed short films, commer- 
cials, and documentaries produced and 
directed by students in Professor Brian 
Wardyga's Advanced Video Production 
class and they were high caliber. Using 
the high tech equipment that is now 
available in Brennan's Gregorian 
Multimedia Lab classroom, the digital 
videography and the effective use of 
light, color, space, motion, and sound 
was of professional quality. 

"Do the Dew" shouts an ad, as a 
Mountain Dew can flies across the 
screen and then freezes in mid-air. 
"The students had a lot of fun with 

this and I was tremendously pleased 
with the sound effects and the visuals 
that they used," recalls Professor 
Wardyga. "It was part of the TV 
commercial project where students 
were provided storyboards and then 
worked in small production crews to 
produce a client-accurate 30-second, 
edited television spot." 

The students were next asked to 
produce a documentary about Lasell' s 
connected learning philosophy. 
Partnered into four groups, they 
profiled students who had been particu- 
larly involved with connected learning 
projects during the year. 

"It gave the class the opportunity to 
use three-point lighting, lavaliere 
microphones, and to edit using digital 
pictures and b-roll footage," explains 
Professor Wardyga. "And, while inter- 
viewing students about connected 
learning, they were actually experiencing 
it. This was hands on education. It was 
a lot of work and was real- world tough." 

The same can be said of the TV 
Studio Production course. The class 
met once a week for two and a half 
hours at NewTV, the Newton cable 
channel. Students learned pre-produc- 
tion planning, live-to-tape directing, 
and participated with a full television 
crew to produce high quality program- 
ming for air on the local access 
educational channel. 

"It's easy to learn things in theory," 
says Keya Anderson '06, "but at NewTV 
we were running real equipment and 

practicing applications. We worked in 
teams and rotated positions so that we 
were exposed to every aspect, including 
supervising the control room, and 
directing live-to-tape segments of a pro- 
gram. It was very involved and we had 
to get the jargon down. It was so quick 
— like microwave time. It helped me 
understand the inner workings and con- 
nect all the dots. I learned to believe in 
myself and my abilities. It was the ulti- 
mate connected learning experience!" 

"Both the Advanced Video Production 
and Basic TV Studio Production classes 
are intense," agrees Professor Wardyga. 
"By learning to be familiar with equip- 
ment and programming software that 
is used by professionals, the students 
have developed portfolios that will be 
of great value when pursuing careers. 
The group synergy in both classes was 
exceptional and that contributed to the 
students' success." * 

(L to R) Bao Tran '06 handles the microphone, while Dennis Silva 'oy holds the slate and 
Keya Anderson '06 directs behind the camera. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves Q 

CampUS Update 

Lasell and Auburndale Neighbors Work Together 

Outdoor Community Classroom to be Created in 
Redesigned Vest Pocket Park 

The sketch for the proposed outdoor intergenerational community classroom. 

It is unusual to have a project be sup- 
ported by an entire community, but the 
proposed outdoor community classroom 
that is to be constructed where the his- 
toric Auburndale train station once 
stood has done just that. "There is 
tremendous excitement and support 
for this project," says Lasell's Chief 
Information Officer Deborah Gelch, 
who is also co-president of Newton's 
Williams School PTO. "It has brought 
the neighbors, Lasell, and the Williams 
School together and it has now received 
the support of Newton's Community 
Preservation Committee. 

The park will be located in a corner 
of the Williams School playground 
and will invigorate what is now an unat- 
tractive and underutilized space. "We 
visualize it as a destination point for 
Auburndale' s diverse population to con- 
gregate, read, stroll, learn, contemplate, 
play, and enjoy nature's offerings in a 
peaceful surrounding," says Deborah. 

The proposed open-air structure and 
landscape will reflect the former historic 
Romanesque style train station of 
Auburndale, which was designed by 
H. H. Richardson and landscaped by 
F .L. Olmsted. The structure was. known 
as the "best American example of the 
combination of architecture and land- 
scape architecture," (Garden and Forest 
Magazine, spring 1889) and unfortu- 
nately was torn down in 1962 due to the 
Mass Pike extension project. 

"We see the space as a location for 
intergenerational classroom activities, 
concerts, hands-on science experiments, 
art and music lectures and exhibits, and 
various activities associated with the 
Williams School's curriculum," explains 
Deborah. "The Lasell Village pen pal 
project is an integral part of the school's 
course of study and we envision the 
park as a place where the Villagers and 
their young friends can get together." 

Each month, fifth graders write a letter 
to their Village "pal" about a topic that 
they are discussing in class. They might 
ask the Villager what it was like to live 
through a war, or through the depres- 
sion. The Villagers provide the children 
with positive role models, give them 
new cultural and historical perspectives, 
and make the fifth graders better appre- 
ciate the legacy that seniors have created 
for them. 

"The proposed park is a model for how 
connecting generations can strengthen 
communities," says Dr. Mark Sciegaj, 
director of Lasell's RoseMary B. Fuss 
Center for Research on Aging and 
Intergenerational Studies. "We believe 
that by bringing generations together to 
meet the needs of individuals and fami- 
lies throughout the life cycle, people 
from every generation will benefit." '* 

The original Auburndale Train Station, which was designed by H. H. Richardson, serves as 
the model for the building at the new Vest Pocket Park. 

Presidential Search and Transition Underway 

continued from page 1 

"We thank all those who have offered 
suggestions to the Search Committee 
to date and encourage others who have 
ideas about the process or suggestions 
of specific candidates to contact us. 
We will continue to keep the Lasell 
community informed of our activities. 
We are making every effort to secure 
the best leadership for this remarkable 

Trustee Sally Andrews, who chairs 
the Transition Planning Committee, 
adds: "The Transition Planning 
Committee was established specifically 
to support the Search Committee and 
to assume responsibility for all the 
other aspects of the transition, from 
establishing and managing the Search 
and Transition website through the 
appropriate celebrations for Tom de 
Witt to, ultimately, the inauguration 
of Lasell's next president. 

"We have all been impressed — 
although not surprised — by the 
enthusiastic response of the Lasell com- 
munity to our requests for help with 
this work. The presidential transition is 
the most significant strategic issue to 
face the College in perhaps the last 20 
years, the last time a new president was 
selected. That process will have far 
reaching consequences for the College 
for many years to come and we want to 
make sure we do the best job possible 
in managing it." 

Please visit the Lasell Presidential 
Search website ( 
presidentiaLtransition) frequently to 
stay informed about activities related 
to the search, if 

Lasell Village's Newest Residence 
Opens Its Doors 

wn June 9, Lasell Village's newest 
building, named after educator and 
anthropologist Margaret Meade, opened 
its doors and the residents moved in 
shortly thereafter. The building has 17 
apartments and the new arrivals come 
from as far away as Austin, Texas, 
Tamarac, Florida, and Rehovot, Israel. 

As part of the Village's "living and learn- 
ing" philosophy, the Meade building has 
a "smart" classroom and will host a 
series of intergenerational classes for 
Lasell students and Villagers. * 

The Meade Building. 

IO Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

CampUS Update 

Lasell Graduate Program Introduces Distance Learning 

continued from page 1 

Sunday night — you can post a question 
and someone always responds." 

"Hybrids allow students to learn from 
each other," notes Dr. Nancy Waldron, 
assistant professor in the graduate pro- 
gram. "As a teacher, I feel I get to know 
students better in my hybrid classes. 
I can see what they're learning and 
where questions come up to better 
tailor the classroom experience. I've 
also been fascinated with the level of 
interaction online." 

Buoyed by the student responses to the 
hybrid courses the program offered its 
first online courses this summer. In an 
online course students can "attend" 
classes, interact with faculty and class- 
mates, submit assignments and access 
reading assignments through the 
Internet in an exciting, interactive, 
technology-mediated instruction model 
that can be used in a variety of ways. 
Through the magic of the Internet, 
students who go out of the country, 
are on the road for business, or travel 
away for vacation can have access to 
course materials and keep abreast of 
assignments and readings along with 
their classmates. 

Distance learning is not just for the 
technologically savvy. "It's very user 
friendly," says Waldron. "I was actually 
a little nervous and a bit intimidated 
before I started my on-line course," 
says Tracy Nigro '92 who works in the 
finance department of Harvard Pilgrim 
Health Care, "but I found it very simple 
to figure out how to use and very con- 
venient since I work full-time. I also feel 
very involved in this class — as if I was 
in a classroom setting." 

"At first I was concerned the learning 
experience wouldn't be as rich," says 
Menard. "What I found is that both the 
online and hybrid class experiences 
were richer than traditional courses." 
According to Phillip Pla, a national 
account manager for SC Johnson, who 
took two online courses at the same 
time, "Some of the discussions went so 
much more in depth than they are in a 
regular class." 

Trustee RoseMary B. Fuss who partici- 
pated in an online faculty training 
course in June notes, "I associated 
online learning with my idea of a 
correspondence class which lacked 
academic vigor and credibility but 

Dr. Mark Sciegaj teaching a hybrid course, combining both classroom and online 

after completing my courses I now see 
how it can be just as rigorous as the 
traditional class." 

"In the first semester with hybrid 
courses the graduate program saw a 
33 percent increase in credit hours 
registered" according to Sciegaj, "and 
the online courses boosted the credit 
hours registered by 48 percent." 

Mark Sciegaj expects that by September 
2007, Lasell students will be able to com- 
plete the MSM online if they so choose. 

For more information about Lasell' s grad- 
uate program, go to '« 

Evelyn Murphy Urges Audience to 'Get Even' in the 
War of Wages Fought by Women 

r ormer Lieutenant Governor Evelyn 
Murphy — the first woman in 
Massachusetts state history to hold 
statewide office — is on a mission to 
bring true parity to women's paychecks. 
Murphy is the author of Getting Even: 
Why Women Don 't Get Paid Like Men — 
And What to Do About It, published by 
Simon & Schuster. 

The trained economist, who served 
as executive vice president of Blue Cross 
& Blue Shield of Massachusetts and is 
a corporate director of SB LI USA 
Mutual Life Insurance Bank of America, 
came to Lasell as the guest speaker for 
the Donahue Institute for Values and 
Public Life. She addressed a packed 
gathering of students in de Witt Hall 
on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, shocking 
many by reporting that women will lose 
between $700,000 and $2 million over 
their working lifetimes simply because 
of gender. 

"Women earn 77 cents to men's $1," 
she reports, and that compares full-time 
working women to full-time working 
men, apples to apples." 

The firebrand Murphy, who took a run 
for the Massachusetts governorship 
before "being retired" to the private sec- 
tor, as she playfully describes her failed 
run, talked about wage discrimination 
and how it impacts not simply women, 
but husbands and families who are 
being deprived of an equal wage for the 
work done by wife and mother. 

"If you're a woman, over your working 
lifetime you will lose — simply because 
of your sex. Is that fair? No. Can it be 
stopped? Absolutely," she maintained, 
though the road toward wage equality is 
a rocky one filled with obstacles. 

As she reports in her book, "Back in the 
1960s, when I started working full-time 
as a newly minted Ph.D. economist, 
women earned 59 cents for every dollar 
earned by men. 

"At the time, I accepted the common 
explanation that the gender wage gap 
existed because of a 'merit gap.' 
Women, this theory went, were not as 
well educated as men, hadn't worked 
as long, or were working in low-skill, 

stopgap jobs until they got married 
while men were working at higher-end 
jobs as family breadwinners. 

"But this 'merit gap' was closing. 
Women were streaming into colleges 
and jobs. Like many observers, I was 
convinced that the wage gap would 
soon close." 

The reality of the workplace yielded 
another reality, however. For a couple of 
decades, the gender wage gap did nar- 
row. By the early 1990s, women were 
making 77 cents to a man's dollar. But 
in 1994, despite a thriving economy and 
historically high employment, "the gen- 
der wage gap abruptly widened." 

During her talk, Evelyn Murphy encour- 
aged men to work as hard as women to 
bridge the wage gap. A man whose wife 
earns 25 percent less than she's worth 
is impacting the couple's daily life and 
retirement, she cautioned. 

Achieving wage equality involves 
women — and the men who care about 
them — paying attention and taking a 

Donahue Institute guest speaker Evelyn 

stand for simple parity in the workplace. 
"We need to work together to pressure 
every boss to get women even. If we all 
work at this together, steadily and atten- 
tively, women can — and will! — be paid 
just like men, in just one decade." 'm 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves II 

CampUS Update 

Baby Boomers to Feel the Impact 

Aging and Technology Conference 
Focuses on Future Strategies 

IMo one at the May 17 "Future Trends 
in Aging & Technology Conference" was 
complaining about having to share their 
space with Eve and Lucy, two mobile 
service robots, who roamed through de 
Wirt Hall. The two motorized "ladies" 
exemplified the way technological inven- 
tion will enable elders to live longer 
independently and were a walking/talk- 
ing example of what lies ahead in the 
elder care field. 

The 100 attendees witnessed the first- 
of-its-kind Aging and Technology 
Conference, sponsored by the RoseMary 
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies. "Hosting 
events that highlight ways of enhancing 
the quality of life for older adults is part 
of the Center's mission," says Dr. Mark 
Sciegaj, director of the Fuss Center. 

The Aging and Technology Conference 
featured seven distinguished presenters 
dedicated to developing practical appli- 
cations of advanced technology for 
elders. Dr. Joseph CoughJin, founding 
director of the MIT Age Lab, delivered 
the keynote address entitled Inventing a 
New Vision of Old Age. "Today's aging 
population is profoundly different from 
that of previous generations," said Dr. 
Coughlin. "Someone turns 60 every 
seven seconds and the 'Boomers' are 
a healthier, more informed, tech savvy, 

and wealthier group than we have 
ever seen. 

"At the AgeLab we are dealing with the 
longevity paradox. Now that people are 
living longer, what do you do with the 
extra 30 years? Technology is definitely 
going to play a big role in keeping peo- 
ple engaged. Everything around us is 
getting 'smarter' and technology is 
going to change the consumer." 

Dr. Coughlin looked ahead to totally 
integrated home services, from kitchen 
to bathroom, with a technological hub 
that would centralize all the information 
that comes into and out of the house. 
He looked forward to smart shopping 
carts that would give you information 
at the point of decision, and cars that 
would change their performance 
depending on how the steering wheel 
reported your physical condition. 

Other presenters included several mem- 
bers of academia: Majd Alwan (Director 
of the Eldercare Technologies Program 
at the University of Virginia), Pierre 
Larochelle (Director of Robotics and 
Spatial Systems Laboratory at the 
Florida Institute of Technology), and 
Susan Dimmick (Adjunct Associate 
Professor at the University of Tennessee 
Health Science Center). Rounding 
out the program were three speakers 

Four foot Eve draws a lot of interest as she moves through the crowd. 

from private industry: Lydia Lundberg 
and Bill Reed (Developers and Operators 
of Elite Care) and R. Martin Spencer 
(President and CEO of GeckoSystems, 
Incorporated). The presenters enumerat- 
ed the recent strides made in elder 
care technology. 

A highlight for audience members was 
Martin Spencer's interactive robots Eve 
and Lucy, "living" examples of robots 
that will be available to the public as 
companions to the elderly. "They can 
not only remind the elder to take her 
medication, but they can also be pro- 
grammed to tell her jokes and stories," 
says Spencer. 

"They are also a sophisticated way to 
monitor her. By looking at her over the 

web cam, her color and facial expres- 
sion will reveal how she is feeling. If 
she falls and the CareBot can't locate 
her, it is trained to call the primary care- 
giver first and then to dial 911." 

"Hosting a conference like this extend- 
ed Lasell's recognition in the elder care 
services community," says Fuss Center 
Director Mark Sciegaj. "The elder care 
service providers who attended left 
with a lot of practical information 
and were given much to think about." 
Copies of the Future Trends in 
Aging & Technology Conference 
presentations are available at i 

Generations Get Caught Up 

Villagers and Student-Athletes 
Share Stories 

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council held a lunch at the Village so that the residents could 
learn more about the College's athletic programs. More such events are planned for this fall, 
and the students hope to hear many Villagers cheering them on at their games. (L to R) 
Villagers Cecelia Heiligman and Dottie Lambert enjoyed getting to know Shawna Kelly '07 
and Tricia Canavan '08. 

Dr. Helena Santos Appointed Dean 
of Advising and First Year Programs 

1 r. Helena Santos has been appointed 
as Lasell College's first Dean of Advising 
and First Year Programs. She assumes 
primary responsibility for researching, 
managing, and assessing all initiatives 
and programs related to academic 
support services and student retention, 
particularly academic advising, first 
year programs, and the Academic 
Achievement Center. 

Dr. Santos received her Ed.D. in Higher 
Education Administration from the 
University of Massachusetts, Boston. 
She earned her Master of Education in 
Bilingual, Cross-Cultural Counseling 
from Boston University, and her 
Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages 
from the University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst. She has worked as faculty 
and advising administrator at 
Bridgewater State College for 20 years, 

over the past five years serving as 
Associate Director of that institution's 
Academic Achievement Center, which 
focuses primarily on first year and 
undeclared students. 


Dr. Helena Santos. 

12 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

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"I have left the east coast and moved to 
Oklahoma to be near my daughter and 
grandchildren," writes Bette Andrews 
York. "It's an adjustment and an adven- 
ture at the same time." 


Dorothea Eburne MacLeod has this to 
say about her Lasell education, "It has 
served me well. I'm glad I came." 

Unable to attend reunion, Margaret 
Pearl Ide writes, "Severe arthritis pro- 
hibits my walking any distance. I have 
such happy memories of 'Cats Alley' in 
Bragdon and more luxury at Gardner. 
Sadly most of my friends are now gone. 
Best wishes to the survivors." 

Marjorie Reed Colley attended reunion 
2006 because she was looking forward 
to seeing her classmates and all the 
changes since 1936. 

Ruth Upham Petremont attended her 
70th reunion. She enjoys organic gar- 
dening. Ruth celebrated 60 years of 
marriage to her husband, Gordon, 
before he died in November 2004. She 
has two children, four grandchildren, 
and five great-grandchildren. 


Adele Brown Lett took her husband's 

ashes back to England. 

An avid bowler, Florence Kent Parks 

boasts that all the women on her team 
wear different hats while bowling. 
Florence has two great-grandchildren. 

"I have two new great-granddaughters," 
says Arlene Wishart Sylvester. "That 
brings the new total to 10." 

Myrtle Sylvester Ensor is doing well 
following surgery. 

Faye Wadhams Smith keeps in touch 
with Sally Wright Payne. Faye's cousin, 
Jane Wadhams Hazen '49, was elected 
Corporator of the College. 


Our sincere condolences to Jean 
Michael Petersen on the death of her 
husband, Clint, in July. 

In November 2005, Cora Pratt Adams 

enjoyed a trip to the Baltic states. 
In June 2006, she became the proud 
great-grandmother of her first great- 



Jean Cooney Leitch writes, "Would have 
loved to have been able to be at the big 
reunion. Best wishes to all. Aloha." 

"I am almost 85 and was not able to 
take the long trip from beautiful 
California where I have lived for 52 
years to get to Lasell for our 65th 
reunion," writes Louise Lorion DeVries. 
"We had a wonderful class, and I still 
correspond with several of them. I was 
there for our 55th. I walked all over the 
campus and just loved how beautiful it 
still is." Louise and her husband have 
been married for 64 years. She says, 
"Isn't that awesome!" 

"I live in a retirement complex in 
Wisconsin near family having moved 
from Leesburg, FL, last July," writes 
Marjorie Morss Smith. "Sorry to have 
missed reunion, but I look forward to 
reading about it in Leaves." 

Lucille Wielandt Speight makes a yearly 
trek to Illinois for Thanksgiving and to 
Florida for Christmas to visit children, 
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 
She says, "I am still attempting to do 
some ballroom dancing and aerobics 
while my legs hold out." 


"What a great three weeks I had in 
Australia. One of the highlights was a 
visit to Tasmania," writes Betty Gorton 
Collier. The trip to the Great Barrier 
Reef turned out to be both a delight and 
a disappointment to Betty. The weather 
did not cooperate and with rough seas 
and no sunshine, the coral was not as 
beautiful as she anticipated. However, 
on the boat trip to the reef, Betty met 
Betty Hintze Pierson '56. "What a 
delightful visit we had!" 


"I'm still happy at Bay Village, a gung- 
ho place that keeps me young," writes 
Terry Bergeron Hoyt. Terry keeps in 
touch with Sue Slocum Klingbeil and 

sends greetings to all her classmates. 

Our sincere condolences to Gloria 
Condon Delmolino on the death of her 
husband, Bruno, in November 2004. 
Gloria enjoys gardening and dogs. 


"I can't believe I am now a great-grand- 
mother," writes Mary Jane Magnusson 
Megroz. "I enjoy our 11 grandchildren 
and our first great one." Mary Jane and 
her husband still travel a bit and spend 
time in their house in Hampton Bays 
on Long Island. 

Class 0/1936 

Seated (L to R) Ruth Keyes Murdaugh, Ruth Upham Petremont, Marjorie Reed 
Colley. Standing: Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle. 

Class 0/1941 

(L to R) Becky Allen Ryan, Eleanor Pfaff Martin, Nancy Keach Paine, Ilene Derick 
Whelpley, Marjorie Williams Horton, Dorothy Macomber Vannah. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Class Notes 1^ 

Class Notes 

Class 0/1946 

Front Row (L to R) Naomi Kahrimanian Kuzoian, Muriel Ross Benshimol, Anne Blake Perkins, Lee Parker McBurnie, Lynn 
Blodgett Williamson, Done Crathern French, Barbara Weeks Dow, Helen Richter Hanson. Back Row (L to R) Irene Tomasek 
Kokocinski, Lee Pool Langley, Joan Hanson Blake, Jan Schuelke Test, Nan Somerville Blowney, Flo Lewis DuBois, Jane Schmidt 
Alberts, Phyllis Paige Downes. 

Phyllis Paige Downes and her husband 
now live in Bedford, NH, about 2-1/2 
miles away from their son and his wife. 
Phyllis' daughter and her family live 
in Vermont. 

Since retirement, Lee Parker McBurnie 
and her husband became official "snow- 
birds," spending the winter in Florida. 
She says, "We are enjoying the best of 
two worlds." Lee enjoyed seeing her 
classmates at her 60th reunion. 

In February, Lee Pool Langley wrote, 
"We enjoy basking in the Marco Island, 
FL sunshine." 

Jane Schmidt Alberts describes herself 
as one of a small group of 80-year-olds 
who is still selling real estate. She 
enjoys spending time with her children 
and grandchildren. 


Our sincere condolences to Shirley 
Bonnell Doe on the death of her 
husband, Charles. 


Our sincere condolences to the follow- 
ing alums: Nancy Colman Hill on the 
death of her husband, George; Ann 
Fletcher Simonds on the death of her 
husband, Fil; Beverly Peterson Bentley 
on the death of her husband, David; 
Jewell Ward Ganger on the death of her 
husband, Jon. 

A speedy recovery to Sally Taylor 
Murray. Sally has been working hard to 
recuperate from two strokes, and she 
says, "It is paying off." Recently, she 
had to move twice — after her apart- 
ment went condo and again when she 
couldn't live alone. 



"Our 50th reunion seems like it hap- 
pened yesterday. Now it's our 55th," 
writes Betty Baumbach Hyne. Betty was 
hoping that the turnout would be good 
as she was looking forward to sharing 
memories. "My first grandson is getting 
married. Who says we are getting old!" 

"Sorry I couldn't make reunion," writes 
Lois Hutchinson Woodward. Lois has 
seven grandchildren; the oldest is 8 
years, the youngest is one. 

Our sincere wishes for a speedy recov- 
ery to Charlotte Kelley Campbell. 

Arlene Kelly Erdman says, "We travel a 
lot. Having 11 children and 31 grandchil- 
dren keeps us busy." 

"We have 10 grandchildren and the last 
four are of Russian ancestry," writes 
Barbara McRoberts Collingwood. "They 
are all responsible for bringing joy to 
my life." 

In February, Elaine Quavillon Tull and 

her husband traveled to South America 
for three weeks via land and ship. 

Class ofi%i 

Front Row (L to R) Edith Taccone Kearney, Joan Kearney Cormay, Jo-Ann Vojir 
Massey, Barbara Keyes MacKinnon, Joanne Monahan Garrity. 

Back Row (L to R) Kathleen Ballard Heck, Mary Jane Clark Maurici, M. Elaine 
Quavillon Tull, Cynthia Porter Horton. 

Both she and her husband attended 
their respective reunions. Elaine's 
granddaughter graduated from college 
in May. 

Nancy Roetting Clifford missed being at 
Lasell for reunion weekend. Just prior to 
the weekend, she was returning to her 
home in Connecticut from Florida. 

"I was sorry I was not able to attend 
reunion, but I was at my grandson's 
high school graduation in Arizona," 
writes Doris Stewart Sutton. "Love and 
best wishes to my 1951 classmates." 

An invitation from Jo-Ann Vojir Massey: 

"Please join us in Naples, FL for the 
alumni event in February 2007." 


"We're still happy with our move to 
Florida as many old friends travel 
through Jupiter," writes Audrey 
Thompson Rielle. This year, Audrey saw 
Bunny Coats Stryeski and Jane Corbin 
Post. Jeanette Roberts Mann also has 
a home nearby in Tequesta. Audrey 
travels up north to visit children and 
grandchildren during hurricane season. 


Debby Potter Waugh has lived on the 
Cape for 16 years and loves it. She says, 
"Our grandchildren are growing up. 
Four have gone or are going to St. 
Lawrence University and two are at 
Colgate with more coming along." 

Shirley Read Lupien sold her home 
after 48 years and moved into a condo 
in a 55+ community in Hudson, MA. 
She spent seven weeks in Florida with 
her oldest daughter and family. Shirley 
has eight grandchildren. 


"We are enjoying our lovely new ranch 
home in Mashpee," writes Elaine 
Gaysunas Coppinger. 

Congratulations to Joy Stewart Rice 

on the birth of twin granddaughters 
in February. 


Five years ago, Mary Augur Wallace 
retired after teaching for 28 years in the 
Branford, CT school system. Mary's 
husband died in 1982. She lives near 
her daughter and family. 

Our sincere condolences to Ann Beden 
Weiner on the loss of her husband from 
pancreatic cancer in 1997. Ann is the 
grandmother of twin girls who are 7 
years old. 

From Maryland, Judy Caswell Allen 

writes, "Sorry to miss reunion. It is 
too far for me to come. I'll be thinking 
of you." 

Joan Conley Eid is retired. She and her 
husband enjoy visiting their son and his 
family in Los Angeles. This summer 
they spent time with their son and his 
family and their daughter and her 
family in Lake Tahoe. 

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Fall 2006 

Class Notes 

Sandra Davis Hudson was sorry to miss 
her 50th reunion, but she had a grand- 
son graduating from college that same 
weekend. Sandra and her husband cele- 
brated their 50th anniversary in June, 
and their family gave them a trip to 
Alaska. Sandra says, "Our first great- 
grandbabies were born this year, a girl 
and a boy." 

Betty Hintze Pierson and her husband 
spent a month touring New Zealand 
and Australia. On the 30-mile boat trip 
out to the Great Barrier Reef, she met a 
woman who graduated from Lasell in 
1943 — Elizabeth Gorton Collier. Betty 
says, "It is truly a small world." 

Our sincere condolences to Toni 
Kennedy Gelotte whose husband, Erik, 
died of a heart attack in December 
2003. Toni has been living on the 
Cape for the past 10 years. Her hobby 
is rosemaling, Norwegian decorative 
folk painting. 

Ann Marcus Karol works part-time as 
a freelance vendor of fragrances. She 
and her husband love traveling and 
have been all over the world. Ann has 
five grandchildren. 

Five years ago, Janet Parmenter 
Bogardus retired to Cape Cod. She is 
still an active real estate broker. 

Ann Phelps MacKinnis retired in 
May 2005. She has two sons and 
one grandson. 

"Life is good," writes Joan Raymond 
Healey. She has been living in Florida 
for 10 years and enjoys extensive 
world-wide travel. Joan admits to 
spending most of her free time on 
the golf course. 

Lori Saunders moved from her house 
to a townhouse. She loves retirement 
and says she is busier than ever with 
friends, traveling, church, and local 

"It's incredible that we graduated 50 
years ago. I feel great but definitely look 
50 years older," writes Evie Shear 
Pinsof. Evie is living in Key Largo, FL, 
with her husband whom she met while 
she was attending Lasell. "We have a 
wonderful, full life with three grown 
kids and five grands, the oldest of 
which is getting ready for college." 
Evie continues, "We spend summers in 
Michigan City, IN, and love snorkeling 
and boating." 

"Hi to one and all. Sorry I was unable to 
attend reunion," writes Nancy Shook 
Bender. Nancy lives in Florida for seven 
months and on the Cape for the remain- 
ing five months. 

"I have lived in the foothills of North 
Caroline for eight years now and am 
enjoying retirement," writes Kathy Taft. 
Kathy volunteers at the public library 
and the historical association, serves on 

the library board, and drives people to 
doctors' appointments for the outreach 
ministry. She is an avid gardener. 
Kathy says, "I think fondly of Lasell 
and loved my two years in Woodland 
and Carpenter." 

"Sorry to miss my 50th reunion, but 
our son is getting married that weekend 
in Kansas City," writes Marylyn 
Tomancak Kirchhoefer. "Regards to my 
Blaisdell roomies." Marylyn and her 
husband live on a golf course just south 
of Springfield, MO. They are doing 
some traveling. 

"I have been retired from teaching for 
10 years," writes Ann Tucker Lojzim. 
"My husband and I are avid gardeners 
and spend time in the Florida Keys 
in March. Ann enjoys her 8-year-old 


An update from Gail Winalski Burd: 

"We raised three daughters and visit 
them in Portland, OR, Hobart, IN, and 
Columbus, OH. We have four grand- 
children. I do crafts with shell wreaths 
and shell poems and sell them in gift 
stores, work three days a week at a fun 
gift shop, and have a line of cards with 
my own photography. Can't believe our 
50th will be coming up in two years!" 

Class 0/1958 

With the flag flying, two Gardner 
alums, (L to R) Jeanne Bradner 
Morgan and Gail Seibert Glover, 
recently got together. 



From her new home in Shrewsbury, 
MA, Barbara Jacoby Adelstein writes, "I 
have a new granddaughter to love. Now 
there are three." 

"Lately, my life has been a whirl wind," 
writes Anne Sutherland Rollins. "I 
retired from teaching in June after 38 
years. One week later I flew to Scotland. 
My house in Hudson, MA is on the 
market because I've bought a town- 
house in Kennebunk, ME and will 
move in the fall." 

Class 0/1956 

Front Row (L to R) Betty Hintze Pierson, Lorraine Saunders, Elaine Bertini Roske, Joyce Bliss Doyle, Ann Phelps MacKinnis, Sally Quicke Reiss, Jane Dorr Brown, Joyce Maroni 
Gomes, Mary Parmakian Bauer, Ann August Marcus. Second Row (L to R) Joan McDonald Delmore, Judith Metcalf Daniels, Nancy Ivers Johnston, Ann Tucker Lojzim, Sally 
Herman DeRosa, Plane Lindstrom Williams, Joan Conley Bid, Nancy McHale Hurd, Joan Raymond Healey, Gail Frank Wells. Third Row (L to R) Ann Beden Weiner, Carol 
Corning Richard, Diane Jacobson Rosenberg, Louise Bernson Neiterman, Sandra Lavine Kanosky, Terry Kilgore Mannix, Bette Perlstein Shapiro, Diana Neusner Shapiro, Joyce 
Schretter Heine. Back Row (L to R) Ann Marcus Karol, Carolyn Scherer Butler, Toni Kennedy Gelotte, Shirley Harmon Cobb, Marie Sanchirico DiCarlo, Janet Parmenter Bogardus, 
Kaye Mackler Aronson. 

Fall 2006 

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Class Notes 

Class 0/1958 

Four ig$8ers have a mini-reunion in Punta Gorda, FL, in February, at Gail Seibert 
Glover's home. (L to R) Gail Winakki Burd, Gail Seibert Glover, Jeanne Bradner 
Morgan, Judy Feldt Oswald. 


Bubs Baird writes, "One of my twin 
sons and his wife had twin girls in 
March. They are the first girls in our 
family in 35 years." 

"Love retirement on Cape Cod and 
traveling to Sweden," writes Linda 
Benson Cameron. 

"I have three wonderful grandchildren, 
and they are the light of my life," writes 
Gail Bingle Staunton. 

Our sincere condolences to Val Duval 
Pettinicchi who lost her husband of 

37-1/2 years in November. On a happier 
note, Val enjoyed her 45th reunion with 
roommates Georgia and Linda and 
other Class of 1961 friends. Val has 
been working at her daughter's dance 
studio for the past eight years. She has 
a 2-year-old granddaughter. 

Sharon Handley House was especially 
excited about the nursing reunion and 
seeing classmates and Connie Milner. 
She is sorry that there is no nursing 
program at Lasell any more. 

Carol Healy McKinnon writes that she 
and her husband, Leo, spend winters in 

Naples, FL, and love it. She enjoyed see- 
ing wonderful Lasell friends at reunion. 

"My new career as a ballroom dance 
teacher is keeping me challenged and 
busy," writes Betty Hood. 

Gwen Johnson Redding is the owner of 
a Scandinavian gift shop in Plainville, 
MA. She and her husband have been 
married for 44 years. They have three 
children and 10 grandchildren. 

Marilyn Manzke Loglisci has been 
named sales manager of the Stamford, 
CT office of William Raveis. In her 
previous job, she was recognized for 
bringing her real estate firm to the #1 
position in units and to the #3 position 
in sales volume companywide for the 
last three years. Marilyn is both a 
Stamford native and current resident. 

Celeste Mayo Shannon is retired, and 
she and her husband are still living in 
northwestern Connecticut. Celeste 
enjoys skiing, fishing, traveling, and 
playing with her two grandchildren. 

"It had been 45 years since I first set 
foot on the Lasell campus, but I was 
anxious to see everything, especially 
the fabulous Draper gals," writes Terry 
Niebling Pike. 

Donna Skillings Kessler is retired and 
loving it. She and her husband spend 
four months in Bonita Springs, FL, and 
they moved into a condo on their golf 
course in Augusta, ME. Donna says, 
"We have seven wonderful grandchil- 
dren who make our hearts sing." 
Donna loves to spend time with her 
Maine friends from the Class of 1961. 

Cynthia Smith Coleman is still living in 
San Francisco. She says, "I ended my 
career in retail, special events, public 
relations, and marketing after 39 years. 
I am enjoying life." 

Ellen Smith Burton writes, "I retired 
from my job last August, and we made 
the move to North Carolina to be near 
my niece. I will miss everyone." 

"This is my retirement year, and we are 
off to Hawaii to celebrate," writes Nancy 
Thomas Dudek. "We built our retire- 
ment home in Maine and are enjoying 
our new location." Nancy and her hus- 
band are the proud grandparents of 
four. A family event prevented Nancy 
from attending reunion. 

From Wellington, FL, Susan White 
Ashe sends an update: "I judge 35 to 
40 horse shows a year all over the US 
and Canada. I travel about 135,000 
miles a year in the air. My husband, 
Neil, died of cancer in 1988, and I 
have never remarried. I have two grown 
children. Wish I could have been there 
for reunion." 


Our sincere condolences to Bette 
Cole Greene on the death of her 
husband, Edwin. 


"I'm retired and highly recommend it," 
writes Linda Pillarella West. "Sold my 
Connecticut home and am living full- 
time in Rhode Island. I have more time 
for gardening and grandchildren." 

Class 0/1961 

Front Row (L to R) Milly Gillis Pereira, Marie Pelargonio Hall, Terry Niebling Pike, Linda Leser Hughes, Carol Schumacher Dougherty, Jane Parsons Dolbier, Laura Jensen Hyer. Carol 
Healey McKinnon, Wendy Wolfenden, Elaine Butler Ryan, Gwen Johnson Redding. Second Row (L to R) Dorothy Musche, Jane Kendrigan, Linda Grean Curtis, Susan Clark Stem, 
Sharon Handley House, Gail Bingle Staunton, Barbara Seremet Smith, Carolyn Bird Murray, Georgia Beaumont Tramontano, Valerie Duval Pettinicchi. Back Row (L to R) Betty 
Hood, Joan Franke Neustaedter, Barbara Carberry Haddad, Donna Skillings Kessler, Andi Mayo Shannon, Linda Benson Cameron, Bubs Baird, Lela Graham Moses. 


Lasell Class Notes 

Fall 2006 

Class Notes 

Classes 0/1966 and 1967 

Classes 0/1971 and 1972 

(L to R) Gail Maclean Wilburn '66, Nancy Palmer Brandston '66, Susan Zele 
Buxbaum '66, Carolyn Graham Romyn '66, Susie Roberts Rickey '6j, Judy Locke 
Lorenzo '6j, Sandra Shadle Marsilius '66 gathered in California. 


Lynne Lockhart is excited about her first 

grandchild who was born in October. 

Cathy Sanford Nurmi is Sterling, CT's 
town clerk. She is an avid fan of the 
UConn women's basketball team 
because, she says, "it is a team-oriented 
sport." Cathy played varsity basketball 
at Lasell back in the days "when we 
couldn't go beyond the mid-court line." 


In April, wanting to get together to cele- 
brate their 60th birthdays and their 42- 
year "forever friendship," the majority 
of Draper House Class of 1966 traveled 
to the Malibu, CA hillside home of Gail 
MacLean Wilburn '66, and then on to 
the Palm Springs desert home of Susie 

Roberts Richey '67. They agree this trip 
made for a special and memorable 
reunion for seven Baby Boomers. 

Colette Cavanaugh Clark says, "I retired 
from nursing and came ranching to 
take time to smell the roses. Life is 
good." Colette is now into painting 
and pottery in Highland, NC with 
her husband of 39 years. She has two 
grown and prospering children and 
one grandchild. 

Linda Condike Ritchie and Marcia 
Moore Reed spent 10 days sailing in the 
British Virgin Islands in January and 
got together with their families in 
Ossipee Lake, NH this summer. 

Recently four "old" Lasell friends from NY, RI, MA, and NH got together at the home 
of Gail Ciprari Koumanelis 'ji. Pictured are Laurie Flaman Fletcher '71, Chris Flach 
Ristaino '71, Pat Gaston Taylor '73, and Gail. Lots of laughter, history, and reminisc- 
ing went on for a great time. 

"After 31 years in California, we moved 
to southern Oregon in 2001," writes 
Nancy Ferrier Grosjean. "We miss 
California so we may go back." Nancy is 
semi-retired and works part-time at a 
local bank. 

After 40 years, Linda Hohwieler 
Carpenter got in touch with Linda 
Condike Ritchie and Marcia Moore 
Reed. All three women are planning a 
reunion this year. 


"My granddaughter was born in June 
2005," writes Janice Taylor Perruzzi. 

"How did I get so old?" 

Class 0/1966 

Front Row (L to R) Gail Williamson-Hawes, Colette Cavanaugh Clark, Nancy Ferrier Grosjean, Lois Sawyer Caulfield. 
Back Row (L to R) Nancy Goodale, Susan Halewood Crosby, Barbara Caron MacLean, Constance Hill Montuori. 



"After all these years, I still have fond 
memories of life at Lasell — great 
faculty, lifetime friendships, and great 
laughs at dinner," writes Carol Goulian 
Stewart. Carol keeps in touch with 
Anita Svolis Herrick and Sue Mathews 
Courchesne. Carol, Anita, and Sue were 
all back to celebrate their 35th reunion. 


Toby Clayman writes, "I had a nice 
reunion with Lynn Munson Cashman in 
Cork, Ireland, where Lynn lives." Toby 
started a new job in mid- April at a small 
hospital in Phoenix. She was sorry to 
miss reunion, but sends warm regards 
to Connie Milner and classmates. 

Nancy Romberg has been appointed to 
the board of governors of the Norwalk 
Symphony Orchestra. She is the 
Rowayton, CT branch manager of the 
Fairfield County Bank Corp. Nancy is 
also an organizer of The Heart Gallery, 
a national photo exhibit that promotes 
awareness for the need for homes for 
children in state care. 

Susan Schrade has a new position — 
Director of Corporate and Leisure Sales 
at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. 


Mae Santos-Rosa writes, "I would 
love to hear from my roommates 
in Carpenter and any of my long 
lost friends." 

Marcia Smith Thompson is married and 
has three children, ages 20, 19, and 12. 


"Living in Palo Alto area, CA, with my 
husband and three high school chil- 
dren," writes Judy Possidente Kaufman, 
"and loving my job as Director of the 
VIP program at the Stanford University 
Medical Center." In her free time, Judy 
enjoys swimming, running, traveling, 
and tennis. 

Fall 2006 

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Class Notes 

Class 0/1971 

Front Row (L to R) Carol Goulian Stewart, Susan Mathews Courchesne, Margaret 
Catalano Quigley, Mary Anne Bailey Hansen. Back Row (L to R) Anita Svolis 
Herrick, Kristan Coryell-Jesmer, Karen Manchon Frank, Cecile Stowell Peters. 


Laura Cobrinik is living in New Jersey 
and has worked as a library assistant in 
various libraries in New Jersey and New 
York for 17 years. She has had over 70 
poems published. Laura keeps in touch 
with Sima Kianfar Bajkshi who lies in 
San Rafeal, CA. In 2000, she found 
Diane Fain Anth '78 who was living in 
Cumming, GA. She writes, "I am hop- 
ing to re-connect with other members 
of the class of 1979." 

Class 0/1976 

(L to R) Mae Santos-Rosa, Suzanne 
St. Jean Priest, Kimberley Dimes 
McDonald, Bonnie Matheson 

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"I will never forget one very cold winter 
in Ordway House when I declared I 
would go west for milder weather. My 
classmates didn't believe me, but I left 
within weeks of graduation," writes 
Julia Costantini Garreaud. "I have spent 
the past 20 years in Los Angeles, but 
I am finally moving back to my east 
coast roots." 

Class 0/1983 

Enjoying themselves at the third 
annual Misquamicut Beach get- 
together are (L to R) Sue Senofonte 
Pries, Caroline Knoener Skowronek, 
Lisa (Mona) Adams Edwards, Julia 
Schaum Ortale, and Joan O'Connor. 

An update from Holly Hersee: "I am 
an executive assistant at BAE Systems 
and am currently enrolled in Education 
for Ministries, a 4-year theological 
program. I am an active member of 
my church and enjoy other volunteer 
activities including FIRST Robotics, 
FIRST Lego, and the Cinderella 
Project of NH. In my free time I enjoy 
walking my yellow lab, tennis, skiing, 
golf, and spending time at our family 
home in Ogunquit, ME. I have a 22- 
year-old daughter. 


Jennifer Leonard Hahn is an artist. She 
and her husband have three children 
and live in New Jersey. 


Jill Fucci Spell and husband are the 
chef/ owners of two Vermont restau- 
rants. They have two children, ages 
5-1/2 years and 3. Jill says her interest 
in nutrition began at Lasell. 



Debbie Lestch says, "I am still looking 
for the perfect job in the teaching field. 
I am working at the Next Generation 
Children's Center. I also work part-time 
at the Baby/Kids GAP. I love the Boston 
Red Sox!" 


An update from Julie Monaco Giles: 

"My husband and I bought our first 
home in Framingham, MA. We love 
being homeowners. I finished my 
MBA at Bentley College and work 
in Wellesley." 



In May, Leah Flynn became Director 2 
certified by the Massachusetts 
Department of Early Education and 
Care. In August, Leah started to direct 
the Montachusett Vocational Technical 
Schools Childcare Center in Fitchburg. 

Carrie Trombley Gardner and her hus- 
band are living in Carrie's hometown 
of Bennington, VT. Just recently she 
made a job change from third grade 
teacher to reading teacher. Carrie says, 
"Things are great." 


Karina Fontanez moved back to 
Massachusetts in August 2005 and is 
working for Thomson Financial. 

Not long after graduating from Lasell, 
Matthew Hutchinson signed up for 
service. He is a 1st Lieutenant in the 
US Army, stationed in Iraq. He and 
his fellow soldiers are responsible for a 
5-mile-wide, 7-mile-long sector in West 
Baghdad, where their duties include 
keeping order, patrolling streets, search- 
ing for insurgents and weapons, and 
training Iraqi soldiers. When his army 
service ends in December, he'd like to 
become a Boston policeman. 

Kristine Mohan de Paula and her hus- 
band had a child n months after they 
got married. She says, "So much has 
changed since graduation, but I will 
always remember all the good times I 
shared with great friends. 


Danielle Eid is the new Resident Camp 
Director of the Clara Barton Camp, an 
educational and recreational camp for 
girls ages 6-17 who have diabetes, in 
North Oxford, MA. Danielle is in charge 
of programming, hiring staff, and 
fundraising. She says, "This job is a 
dream job come true. Ever since I first 
came here when I was eight, I've loved 
the camp and didn't really want to go 
anywhere else." 

Molly Merchant has accepted an 
accounting position with American 
Airlines in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 
She has enough credits to sit for the 
CPA exam. She is also considering the 
presidency of the Dallas American 
Society of Women Accountants. 

Former Faculty 

Recollections from Barbara McLean 
Long, Professor of Economics (1955- 

"I was sorry I was unable to attend 
reunion, but I have an eye problem 
which I hope to have corrected soon. 

"I appreciate receiving all the Lasell 
publications and read them from cover 
to cover. Lasell is doing great things. I 
especially enjoy the Class Notes section. 
I realized that the first class in which I 
was a young faculty member was the 
class of 1956. I think it was that year 
that I and two other new faculty mem- 
bers escorted a group of students to 
Bermuda on spring break. Those were 
the days of curfews, dress codes, and 
all kinds of rules and regulations. 
Interestingly, that group of students 
was happy with their Lasell experience 
and supportive of Lasell over the years. 

"Mostly I taught economics, but in the 
1970's I taught a section on History of 
Women which I loved. 

"I have a son who is now an FBI agent, 
a daughter, and seven grandchildren. 
I'm still a golfer. Hope you have a won- 
derful reunion." 


Lasell Class Notes 

Fall 2006 

Class Notes 

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Sunday, October 22 is River Day at the Lasell College Stoller Boathouse 
on the Charles River. 

Calling all alumni! The century-old 
war canoes are still used for the com- 
petition and have all been completely 
restored. They will be put into service 
on Sunday at n am at the boathouse 
and need alumni paddlers! Picnic 
lunch to follow ($12). Please contact 
your former fellow teammates and 
pass the word and plan to come back 
to campus. 

Sunday, September 17 - Cape Cod, MA 

- Reception at home of Barbara 
McAlary Kashar '60, South Sandwich, 
3-5:30 p.m. 

Sunday, October 15 - Northampton, MA - Reception at the home of 
Home of Martha Borawski '68, 3:00-5:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, November i, Boston, MA - Evelyn Murphy - "Getting Even" 
and Ruth Shuman - "Effective Salary Negotiation". 

Sunday, November 19 - Beverly, MA - North Shore Music Theatre - 

"Hairspray," brunch at the theatre prior to the performance. 

Florida - We plan to be in Florida during the second week of February, 
2007, for farewell receptions for President Tom de Witt. If you have not 
heard from us about a reception near you, please contact us. 

Sunday, March 11, 2007 - Newton, MA - Turtle Lane Playhouse - 
"Tommy," brunch on campus prior to the performance. 

May 18-20, 2007 - Reunion Weekend/Commencement Weekend. 

Check out the Lasell College web site for 
more information. Please email the Alumni Relations Office at with any address changes or class notes. 

November x9 

November 1 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Class Notes I Q 

Class Notes 


Jennifer Leonard '86 to Andrew Hahn 
in 2003 

Kyra Souza '00 to Matthew Yorston on 
August 28, 2005 

Sarah King '02 to Stephen Cherington 
in November 2005 

Elyse Adelstein MSM '05 to Yuval 
Golibroda on May 21, 2006 


Allison Johnson Nelson '98, a daughter, 
Madison Anne, on January 20, 2006 

Colleen Pratt '02, a daughter, Taylor 
Morgan, on December 30, 2005 


Dorothy Schumaker '26 

on June 16, 2005 

Winnifred Felch Leech '30 

Mary Hunter Holland '31 

on January 30, 2006 

Hope Decatur Rowland '33 

on June 5, 2003 

Denise Gile Arnold '35 

Villa Magune Clarkson '35 

on March 19, 2006 

Martha Sweetnam Pearson '36 

on April 8, 2006 

Evelyn Piepenbring Morrison '37 

on February 22, 2006 

Joyce Preston Terry '37 

Peggy Sage LaRock '37 

on March 9, 2006 

Virginia Wright Church '37 
on April 15, 2006 

Olive Boynton Garron '38 

on April 23, 2006 

Marjorie Lind Maxwell '39 

on April 16, 2006 

Florence MacDonald Howe '39 

on May 6, 2006 

Dorothy Farnum Moore '40 

on May 14, 2006 

Mabel "Pat" Hitchcock Griffin '40 

on July 2i, 2006 

Anita Monge Nichols '41 

on February 14, 2005 

Susan Paisley Hansbury '41 

on November 3, 2004 

Ellen Visscher Choquette '41 

on March 9, 2006 

Kathleen Finn Cullen '42 
Charlotte Hall Kelly '42 

Margot Moore Harley '42 

on June 19, 2006 

Ruth Mosher Porter '42 

on May 23, 2006 

Claire Nolan '42 

on June 18, 2006 

Jean Hall Alexander '43 

on March 8, 2006 

Persis "Penny" Pendleton Howarth '43 

on May 22, 2006 

Anne Calder Dick '44 

on March 1, 2006 

Ruth Walbridge '44 

on February 1, 2006 

Sally Atwater Mesmer '45 
Ann Cook O'Hara '45 

Mary Auten Miller '46 

on March 12, 2006 

Anne Valentine Foster '46 

on April 8, 2006 

Janet Manter Horan '47 

on March 25, 2006 

Beverly Yeates McCormick '47 

on March 29, 2006 

Patricia Trammell Swanson '49 

on May 22, 2006 

Mary Leighton Wood '50 

on December 14, 2005 

Carol Bancroft '51 

Alice Pittenger '51 

on March 12, 2006 

Joan Williams Allen '51 

on July 26, 2005 

M. Patricia Wilson Kane '54 
on May 25, 2006 

Jacqueline Keith Kneissler '55 

on March 23, 2006 

Nancy Peirce Rudolph '55 

on July 26, 2006 

Elizabeth Buecher Hill '56 

on March 20, 2006 

Linda Erdman O'Mara '57 

on May 5, 2006 

Susan Gardner Doherty McLean '63 

on January 21, 2006 

Kathleen Wright '67 

on December 4, 2005 

Irene Harrington Mayer '73 

on April 8, 2006 

Tina Sullivan Higgins '79 

on March 29, 2006 

Ethel Guevin, former staff, 
on April 7, 2006 

Ethel L. Guevin passed away on April 7, 
2006. For close to 20 years, she was 
the indispensable Executive Assistant to 
five Lasell presidents, from Dr. Blake 
Tewksbury to President Peter T. 
Mitchell. Always professional, she 
was the quiet and efficient right hand 
for the President's office. In recognition 
for her contributions, she was awarded 
the Lasell Medallion in 1980. She is 
remembered for her commitment 
to Lasell. 

E. Katherine Whalen, former staff, 
on April n, 2006 

2 O Lasell Class Notes 

Fall 2006 

CampUS Update 

Wedeman Art Gallery — A Colorful Showcase 

Fashion and Mexican Culture 

"luipils, rebozos, and brightly colored 
peasant dresses filled the Wedeman 
Art Gallery this May. This exhibit of 
Mexican clothing was the end result of 
an interdisciplinary teaching project 
that involved students studying 
Twentieth Century Fashion History 
and Introduction to Sociology. 

Both Fashion Professor Jill Carey and 
Sociology Professor Tessa LeRoux 
participated in Lasell's "Shoulder to 
Shoulder" service learning program in 
Mexico this past January and the trip 
was the inspiration for the show. "We 
hope this exhibition will help provide 
an understanding of the relationship 
between traditional Mexican dress and 
how clothing and decoration are sym- 
bolic of this unique and rich culture," 
says Professor Carey. 

Among the designs shown were intri- 
cately embroidered peasant dresses 
from Puebla, Mexico. The stitching 
shows the influence that Spanish 
needlework had on the area's traditional 
clothing, with motifs such as animals, 
birds, flowers and foliage worked into 
the cloth. 

Rebozos, or shawls, from Oaxaca, were 
displayed. They are used for different 
purposes throughout a Mexican's life. 
Besides providing warmth, mothers 
carry their babies in them and then, 
later in life, the children use them for 
carrying their school books. 

Clothing from the Yucatan and Veracruz 
was also displayed. '«»' 

( L to R) Alyson Fox '08, Michelle Purington '08, Jillian Clark '06, Nadine Grenier '06, 
Ashley Oliver '08, Alieen O'Shaughnessy '07, and Christina Deluca '08 were all contribu- 
tors to the show. 

With a Storybook Under Her Arm 

Dean Ruth Shuman "Zips" Down 
to the Barn 

Oean for Institutional Advancement 
Ruth Shuman became a zipper expert 
when she traveled to the Holway Child 
Study Center's Barn for story time. The 
idea for her visit started when she was 
seated next to the Barn's Younger Pre- 
school Teacher Amy Pilat '04 at an 
Alumni Relations lunch. As they dis- 
cussed the value of intergenerational 
learning, Amy asked her if she'd like 
to participate in an activity with the 
youngest students on campus. Before 
Dean Shuman knew it, the date was set. 

Wondering what would engage the four- 
year olds, she did a little research and 
discovered Mrs. Toggle's Zipper by Robin 
Pulver. "Help! Help!" she read. "Mrs. 
Toggle's zipper is stuck and the thinga- 
majig that pulls the zipper down 
is missing." 

To much laughter, Dean Shuman soon 
had the whole class trying to help her 
pull the zipper down on her coat and, 
when she left, the children all hoped she 
would return soon with another story, i 

fl 1 

A young Barn student gets "zipping" encouragement from Dean Ruth Shuman. 

Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau, Class of 1856, 
Painting to be Exhibited 

Vsrossing the Brook," a painting by 
Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau, Class of 
1856, was recently on display at New 
Hampshire's Exeter Historical Society 
before being sent to the Philbrook 
Museum of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will be 
included in the exhibition, "In the 
Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau 
and His American Students." 

Ms. Bouguereau studied art while at 
Lasell Seminary and went to Paris to 
continue her studies after the Civil War. 
When she found Paris ateliers were 
closed to women, she donned men's 
clothing to gain entrance. 

She later studied under William 
Adolphe Bouguereau, who became her 
husband. She was the first American 
woman to exhibit in the Paris Salon 
(1866) and the first to be awarded the 
Salon Medal. 

She donated her painting, "The 
Judgment of Paris," to the Lasell 
Seminary in 1899; it continues to 
hang on permanent display. 

Bouguereau portrait. 

Crossing the Brook. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2 1 

Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Hello Lasell Alumni - 

Vr hat a fun time was had by all at 
Reunion! Watching the smiles of recog- 
nition light up faces when classmates 
reconnect is such a special moment. 
Those are usually followed by huge 
bear hugs and tears of laughter as the 
weekend progresses and old stories are 
retold. When it is time to say goodbye, 
there are promises to stay in touch and 
meet again real soon. Please keep those 
promises alive and do make plans now 
to meet again. There is no substitute for 
friends who are tried and true! 

Please find your friends and classmates 
through the Lasell online community 
and start to create some new cherished 
memories. If you have not yet joined 
the community, the directions are on 
page 19. 


Thanks, Karen Gill 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Alumni Association News... 

I he recipients of Alumni 
Association Scholarships are 
returning students who have finan- 
cial need and have demonstrated 
their outstanding ability as scholars. 
They were selected from a competi- 
tive pool of applicants and bring a 
wide range of talents to the Lasell 
community. They are leaders and 
volunteers in extra-curricular 
activities on and off campus. 

The recipients for the 2006-2007 
school year are: 

Katie Bryer '08, a junior Accounting 
major from Dresden, ME. She has 
served as a hospice volunteer and math 
tutor and been in involved with field 
hockey, the Emerging Leaders program, 
and the work-study program in the 
Registrar's Office. 

Chris Johnson '09, a sophomore Sports 
Science major from Gloucester, MA. 
He is on the cross country team, has 
volunteered in his community JROTC 
program, and served as a youth basket- 
ball coach. 

2006-200J Alumni scholarship recipients 
— Katie Bryer '08, Board of Management 
member and Scholarship Committee Chair 
Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50, Chris 
Johnson '09, Noelle O'Leary '07. 

Noelle O'Leary '07, a senior Elementary 
Education major from Billerica, MA. 
She is captain and goalkeeper of the 
Women's Lacrosse team, Vice-President 
and mentor of the Future Educator's 
Club, and a biology peer tutor. >' 

Stories of Briggs 
House History Shared 

I" ifty years bring many changes and, 
for current students, it's fascinating to 
discover what Lasell life was like. The 
residents of Briggs House had the 
opportunity this spring to spend an 
evening sharing stories with Nancye 
Van Deusen Connor '57. The get togeth- 
er was organized by Kristina Cerce '06, 
Resident Assistant at Briggs, and by 
Jessica Anthony '98, Area Coordinator. 

When Nancye arrived, she had a tour of 
Briggs and was able to see her former 
room. "I was expecting the worst," she 
recalls, "but instead, everything was 
neat, clean, and sparkly. Nothing had 
changed that much. It looked great." 

Nancye then had the chance to tell the 
12 students what Briggs was like when 
she lived there. "We had to smoke in 
the basement. There was no TV down 
there, but it was our gathering place." 

Everyone felt that the biggest difference 
was coeducation. "It was very hard for 
the current students to imagine life at 
Lasell without the men," says Nancye. 
"When two different generations have 
the opportunity to talk, everyone learns 
from the other, and I know we all 
enjoyed it." V 

Lasell Alumni 
Share their 
Graduate School 

Applying to graduate school can be a 
daunting experience, but the more facts 
and personal stories an applicant has at 
his or her finger tips, the less stressful 
the process is. In March, to help smooth 
the way, Lasell seniors and alumni had 
the opportunity to attend "How to 
Choose a Graduate Program." 

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni 
Affairs and the Office of Graduate 
Admission, the session provided an 
overview of important criteria to 
consider when choosing a program 
and featured the personal experiences 
of two Lasell alumni. Presenters 
included Adrienne Franciosi, director 
of Graduate Admission, Marie Smith, 
director of Career Services, and Kianna 
Gooden '06. 

Some of the topics covered were the 
criteria to consider when choosing a 
program, the actual application process, 
preparing to take the GRE/GMAT, and 
graduate program search tools. 

Kianna Gooden '06, a Human Services 
major who is currently in the MSW 
program at Simmons, shared her 
application experiences and was happy 
to answer questions from the audience. 

Shelby Derissaint '02, was not able to 
attend the session, but sent words of 
advice on how to finance an advanced 
degree. "Graduate schools in general do 
not give a lot of money. You may need to 
get private sources to fund you. I spent 
weeks at the Copley Library looking up 
private scholarships. You really need to 
be committed to the idea of graduate 
school, so look at the best programs out 
there, and don't worry too much about 
the cost. In the end, it is worth doing." 

Alumni interested in learning more 
about the graduate school process or 
Lasell's graduate program offerings 
are welcome to contact Adrienne 
Franciosi, Director of Graduate 
Admission at 
or 617-243-2214. '*' 

Briggs House. 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Allimni Relations 

Past Events... 

In July, Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 and her husband, Bill, were hosts to alumni and friends 
at their Nantucket home. (L to R) Byron Dugdale, Lois Lincoln Dugdale '50, Bonnie Owen 
Connolly, Barbara Clark Owen '58, Susan Greenslade Brooks '6], Dick Brooks, Nora Nelson 
Preusser '66, Bill and Nancy Grellier, President Tom de Witt, Ed Preusser. 

The Office of Career Services and Alumni 
Relations co-sponsored a student/alumni 
business networking seminar. Dean Ruth 
Shuman gave advice how to "Shamelessly 
Network" and a panel of employers and 
alumni shared their career experiences 
and offered advice to students ready to 
emerge in the working world. Left to 
right: Employer Heidi Cox, Eve Cartwright 
'79, Patti Beck Bishop '97 and Crista 
Cannata '04. 

It was a sweltering night for the cheering 
Lasell alumni at Fenway Park. 

Some alumni Red Sox fans cooled off by 
seeking a breeze. 

"Hats Off!" — A thank you lunch for all Lasell alumni who work at Lasell College. 
Clockwise from bottom right — Jeanne fohnsen 'ji (Institutional Advancement); Joan 
McGrath (IA staff); Lisa Langelier '02 (The Barn); Amy Pilat '04 (the Barn); Nicole 
Houdelette Ragognetti '99 (Registrar's Office) Cathy Black (IA staff). Standing left to right: 
Emily Alter (IA staff); Jean Petrino '97 (Sodexho Food Services) and Karen Gill (IA staff). 
Other alums who attended and are not pictured are: Katie McDonough Ryan '67 
(Academic Affairs), Kathy Morgan Lucey '6y (Rockwell Nursery School); Louise Harrison 
Leader '59 (Fashion Professor); and Pat Ryan Cantin '6} (Rockwell Nursery School). 

Seated at brunch before "Wicked" are (L to R) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Emily 
Alter, Richard Horsfield, Janice Taylor Perruzzi '68, Melissa Topliff and Nancy Swanson 
Horsfield '54. 




(L to R) Gail Frank Wells '56, Beverly Bearse Sowerby '58, Bonnie Jean Beckwith Morrison 
'58, and Patsy Graff Willoughby '58 enjoy a glass of wine together on the Lasell alumni trip 
to Tuscany, Italy in July. 

Alumni gather on campus for brunch before the theatre trip to Boston for "Wicked" in April. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 23 

Alumiti Relations 

Aumni Reunion Weekend 2006 

Nursing Reunion attendees Mary Murphy Campbell 'S5 and Ruth Richardson Barnett 'yj 
thoroughly enjoyed catching up. 

Wendy Wolfenden '61 was an excellent and lively conductor. 

Participants tested their palettes at the wine tasting reception. 

President de Witt escorts (L to R) Ruth Keyes Murdaugh '36 and Ruth Upham 
Petremont '36. 

Alumni singers enthusiastically joined the New Philharmonia Orchestra. 

The Class of '53 holds on to their hats. 

2A Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Allimni Relations 

The Class of '46 made a colorful statement with their parasols. 

There were many enthusiastic lobster eaters on Saturday night. 

The Class of '56 applauds loudly during Convocation. 

Recent graduates celebrate 

They Came From Across The Country 

Nursing Reunion a Resounding Success 

Former Director of the Nursing Program, 
Connie Milner, is flanked by Tish Gura 
Conroy '55 (I) and Lucinda Nolin Johnson 
'55/'77( r ) wn0 generously co-sponsored the 
Nursing Reunion. 

rrom Florida to California and from 
Virginia to Maine, more than 50 former 
nursing students returned to the 
College campus to participate in Lasell's 
second nursing reunion on May 20, the 

Saturday of the 2006 reunion weekend. 
Everyone was delighted to see special 
guest Connie Milner, director of the 
nursing program from 1954 to 1984. 
Ms. Milner was instrumental in organ- 
izing the get-together and she made the 
three-hour trip from her home in 
Laconia, NH to be there. 

Carol Farquhar Herman '60, who was 
unable to attend, had this to say about 
Ms. Milner: "I have thought of her con- 
tinuously throughout the years. I have 
her to thank for being my mentor, 
instructor, and guidance person. I wish 
I could give her a hug." Pamela Logan 
McManus '75 wrote, "I was unable to 
attend but I was there in spirit. I am 
proud to say that I have never forgotten 
Connie Milner's lessons, her integrity, 
and her fine nursing standards." 

The two featured speakers were Georgia 
Fortunato Pasqualone '66/'69 and Mary 
Murphy Campbell '85. According to Ms. 
Milner, "Both speakers gave informative 
and inspiring presentations relating to 
what they are doing in their practice of 
nursing today." Tish Gura Conroy '55 
and Lucinda Nolin Johnson '55/'77 
generously co-sponsored the event. 

Always the teacher, Ms. Milner came 
prepared with her own questions to ask 
of her former students: What was the 
most rewarding experience and/or the 
funniest experience you have had in 
nursing? What would you like to do in 
nursing that you have not done? How 
did the Lasell nursing program help you 
achieve your goals? 

The question most frequently heard that 
afternoon was, "When can we have 
another nurses' reunion?!" >' 

There was a lot of "catching up" at the 
Nursing Reunion. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2 "\ 

Alumni Relations 

Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 Receives Lasell Medallion 

President de Witt presents the Lasell 
Medallion to Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51. 

IVind, thoughtful, and always positive, 
Jo-Ann Vojir Massey willingly supports 
the people and institutions she cares 
for, and Lasell is indeed fortunate to 
be one of them. Her concerns are 
always for others — not for herself. 
When she broke her leg badly last year, 
she laughed and said it was lucky it 
wasn't her head. With her determina- 
tion, she was better than new way ahead 
of schedule. 

Her quiet ways mask her resolve. "She's 
the reason I got through Lasell," recalls 
Ann Van der Veer Bradley, her room- 
mate of 55 years ago. "She told me I 
could do it. 'If you study, you'll learn,' 
she said, and she was right. She had 
firmly decided that I was going to make 
it to graduation." 

Jo- Ann's value of the importance of 
education is something that she shares 
with her husband, Dwight, and she has 
harnessed their energies and directed 
them in Lasell's direction. Currently 
Jo-Ann is serving on the Board of 
Overseers and Dwight is on the Board 
of Trustees. They are members of the 
Heritage Society and because of their 
belief in the affordability of education, 
they have endowed the Jo-Ann 
Vojir/ Anna Vojir Scholarship Fund. 

Gracious hosts, they have always been 
willing to open their homes in New 
Jersey and Florida for alumni events. 
Jo-Ann's warmth permeates these 
get-togethers and she has used her 

organizational talents to bring class- 
mates together at informal reunions. 
She is a person who keeps in touch. 

Jo-Ann has managed to give of her 
time while leading an extremely busy 
life that centers around her family, 
which includes a son, daughter, and 
five grandsons. She and Dwight lived 
in London for two and a half years and 
have friends from around the globe. 
This has made them ardent travelers 
but Jo-Ann has remained actively 
involved with her home church and 
the New Jersey YMCA. She is a trustee 
on the Scholarship Trust Committee 
of the Woman's Club of Ridgewood, 
New Jersey. 

The College is proud to have the sup- 
port of a woman who is so dedicated to 
her principles. «' 

Call for nominations 
for Lasell Medallion 

Each year a committee appoint- 
ed by the Alumni Association's 
Board of Management selects 
individuals to receive the Lasell 
Medallion. The bronze award 
may be presented to "any mem- 
ber of the Lasell family who, by 
virtue of distinguished service to 
the College or society at large, 
has brought added honor to the 
name Lasell." Nominations for 
the 2007 award, which will be 
presented at Reunion 
Convocation on May 19, 
should be sent to the Office 
of Alumni Relations. 

Reunion Seminars Prove to Be a Popular Draw 

i n an energizing double-header of 
seminars tailored especially for Reunion 
Weekend, Ruth Shuman, dean for 
Institutional Advancement, and Richard 
Dodds, Jr., director of the RoseMary B. 
Fuss Technology for Learning Center, 
and Assistant Professor of Information 
Technology, offered enthusiastic alumni 
and their families a fascinating and 
interactive exploration of people-to-peo- 
ple networking and new classroom 
technology. The events took place 
on Saturday, May 20th. 

Dean Shuman began by offering semi- 
nar attendees what she calls "Shameless 
Networking," an entertaining how-to 
guide to expanding one's personal 
sphere of acquaintances who can help 
you get a job or accomplish a new goal. 

The networking presentation was adapt- 
ed to the new, interactive classroom 
performance system which Richard 
Dodds uses to gauge students knowl- 
edge and their ability to follow a lesson 
with a quick click of an infrared button. 

"Dream," Ruth encouraged. "Make a 
list of people you want to know and 
work on getting through to them by fol- 
lowing up on every lead. "Identify and 
utilize your personal 'circle of influ- 

ence,'" she said, "People around you 
want to help you with your career or 
business goals, they just don't know it 
yet. Find a mentor." 

Following Ruth Shumarfs presentation, 
Richard Dodds gave a detailed demon- 
stration of the new Classroom 
Performance System by elnstruction. 

No more paper quizzes, thank you. 
Now, with the Classroom Performance 
System (CPS), Richard Dodds can give a 
pop quiz that's actually engaging and 
fun, and also provides feedback to let 
him know if he needs to spend more 
time on a topic or if he's spending too 
much time on a subject his students 
already understand. 

CPS identifies the strengths and weak- 
nesses of Lasell students, and also helps 
pace professors as they go through their 
curriculum. For students and their pro- 
fessors, CPS is a wonderful way to 
measure classroom learning. 

The system, which is bundled together 
with a computer and a classroom pro- 
jector, allows professors to present a set 
of questions that can be beamed onto a 
screen and then answered by students 
using the pads at their desks. 

"The system allows professors to auto- 
mate the attendance-taking process, and 
serves as an electronic grade book," 
explains Dodds. It has applications for 
all kinds of classes and uses and can 
work wonders as an ice breaker to start 
discussions on controversial topics. 

Responses are anonymous to all but 
the instructor, so tough, provocative 
questions can be posed and answered 

without peril. "CPS gives us the 
opportunity to query students in a 
non-threatening environment, allowing 
all students to participate — even the 
shy ones." 

Special thanks go to Jean Sargent Lee 
'49 and Karen Frank '71 for their gener- 
ous donations which made the purchase 
of two CPS sets possible. / 

The audience, Dean Ruth Shuman, and Professor Richard Dodds all enjoyed themselves at 
the Reunion seminars. 


Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

From the President of the 
Alumni Association 

lnf ell, another year has gone by for 
the Alumni Board of Management. 
And what a year it was! The biggest trans- 
formation was in our fundraising efforts. 
All of the money we raise goes to benefit 
the Scholarship Fund. The Alumni 
Scholarship is awarded each year to a 
student or students who demonstrate 
academic achievement, involvement in 
Lasell and a financial need. 

We changed things up a bit this year by 
focusing on some smaller projects rather 
than putting all our energy into one event. 
We hit a rocky start. Our plan to sell 
concessions during Family & Friends 
Weekend was a washout — literally, 
thanks to Mother Nature. But we quickly 
bounced back and participated in a great 
fundraising idea called "Evening of 
Giving." It was sponsored by some of the 
local malls and it allowed us to sell tickets 
for an exclusive night of shopping. The 
great benefit was that it took place right 
before Thanksgiving — a perfect chance to 
get a head start on that holiday shopping! 

We'll be looking to do this event again 
in 2006, so be on the lookout for the 
opportunity to purchase tickets. 

The third project (and most lucrative) was 
our Theme Basket Raffle. Anyone who 
attended Reunion 2006 had the opportu- 
nity to see the beautiful, creative baskets 
first hand. There were 17 baskets ranging 
from Red Sox paraphernalia to Family 
Night, complete with board games and 
snacks. The baskets were donated by 
members of the board of management, 
staff of the college and we even had mem- 
bers of the Cabinet participating. Many 
thanks to all who participated and helped 
raise money for our scholarship. 

But if s not all play and no work. Changes 
were also made to the Bylaws this year. 
This was a huge undertaking, but very 
necessary. I won't bore you with all the 
technical wording but I look forward to 
the changes and hope they strengthen the 
dedication of the board members. 



tu* e 

As I look to the year ahead, I know it will 
be a busy one. The board has many new 
members, which is wonderful. I know 
there will be fresh ideas and new insights. 

The College is preparing to say goodbye 
to its fearless leader, President Tom de 
Witt, as he retires after 19 years. As 
they say, the only thing you can count 
on in life is change. 

Til next time... 

Parti Beck Bishop, Class of '97 

Winners of the First Annual 
Theme Basket Raffle 

The Alumni Association sponsored "FUND RAISING BASKETS" 
on Reunion Weekend and the proceeds (over $1,800) went to the 
Alumni Student Scholarship Fund. 


Rainy Day 


Emily Alter, Cathy Black, Karen 
Gill, Jeanne Johnsen '72, Noni 
Linton, Jenn Marvel, Joan McGrath, 
Phyllis Taylor, Fran Weil 


Sue Halewood Crosby '67 

Kitchen Sink 

Ruth Shuman 

Kaye Mackler Aronson '56 

Red Sox 

Jim and Chris Ostrow 

Matt Lane 


Sharon Carley Fitts '62, Nancy 
Goodale '66, Kathy Morgan Lucey '67, 
Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46 


Barbecue Time 

Betsey Shurtleff Winter '70 

Joan McDonald Delmore '56 


Debbie Lestch '95, Joy Stewart 
Rice '55, Linda Telfer '60 

Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 


Elaine Goldman '74 

Marge Beck 


Paula Panchuck 

Barbara Caron MacLean '66 

Family Night 

Patti Beck Bishop '97, Nancy 
Curtis Grellier '49, Jarrod 
VanDerwerken '04 

Karen Manchon Frank '71 




Patti Beck Bishop '97 

Sally Andrews 

Tea Time 

Urit Chaimovitz '98, Ann Mignosa '87, 
Gloria Drulie Schluntz '50, 
Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 

Cynthia Porter Horton '51 


Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57, 
Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50, 
Barbara Stickle Mode '47 

Kathy Morgan Lucey '67 


Gretta Arnold and Kate O'Connor 

Joyce Bliss Doyle '56 

Int'l Cooking 

Sodexho Campus Services 

Paula Panchuck 


Diane Austin 




Sally Quicke Reiss '56 


Aimee Abdalla '00, Erin 
Andrews '00, Jessica Anthony '98, 
Joanna Winslow '01 

Christen Pepetto 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 27 

Annual Fund 

Welcome to Michelle Walmsley: 

Director of Annual Giving 

Annual Fund Office 

1884 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

IVlichelle began as the new Annual 
Giving Director at Lasell in mid-July. 
She is looking forward to taking on the 
new challenge and sees many exciting 
opportunities ahead. 

"As a student, I was involved in the 
alumni development side of every- 
thing," she says of her undergraduate 
years at Lebanon Valley College in 
Annville, PA. "I really enjoyed it. I still 
support the school. My experiences 
there woke me up to the fact that this 
work is really important and satisfying 
— not simply for the institution, but 
for the alumni who have spent their 
formative years at their institutions of 
higher learning." 

"I know what the alumni connection 
can do to make an institution better. I 
see how proud alumni are to be part of 
an institution that has come so far. I've 
experienced it firsthand and, transfer- 

ring that experience to my work at 
Lasell is something I'm happy to 
bring along." 

She continues, "A lot of people feel the 
connection with their alma mater, and 
it's really special to be in a role in which 
you can help nurture that connection 
and remind them of what Lasell has 
meant to them." 

Michelle talks about two major chal- 
lenges she faces. "Lasell is very tuition 
dependent, and relies heavily on the 
Annual Fund to support the operating 
budget. Additionally, the College 
depends on the level of alumni partici- 
pation, not only to raise funds, but to 
show corporations and foundations 
that the College is supported by its 
constituencies thereby demonstrating 
its worthiness of corporate and founda- 
tion support. 

"My goal is to bring Lasell to the next 
level," says Michelle. "We're going to 
bring in over $600,000 this year, and 
from there we'll keep moving onward 
and upward." 

Getting to know key alumni and donors 
is at the top of her agenda, and she will 
be making contact with people to say 
hello, let people know how much the 
College has changed and matured, and 
encourage support of Lasell. 

"I'm here for a reason," she says enthu- 
siastically. "I already feel vested in the 
institution and the job," she proclaims. 
"I think I can make a difference here by 
being resourceful and creative." « 

From Noni Linton: 

Another Successful Year 

I hanks to the 2,710 generous donors 
who gave to the 2005-2006 Annual 
Fund, the total exceeded the $580,000 
goal by a comfortable margin, raising a 
total of $586,109. This is an all-time 
high for the Annual Fund, Lasell 
College's vital fundraising effort. 

One highlight of the year was the Class 
of 1951 Anonymous Challenge. In 
honor of her 55th Lasell reunion, a 
member of the class of 1951, who wish- 
es to remain anonymous, challenged 
her classmates to contribute $550 each, 
She was willing to match ten such gifts 
with her personal gift of $5500. The 
challenge brought in more than $6,000 
additional dollars for the Class of 1951 
Reunion Gift to Lasell. 

These gifts, and all gifts to the Annual 
Fund, provide immediate funds for 
every segment of the College, from aca- 
demics to athletics, library resources to 
maintenance of the entire campus, and 
very important support for student 
financial aid. To the right is a graph 
depicting the gifts of Lasell' s alumni, 
parents and friends in support of the 
Annual Fund during the 2005-2006 
fiscal year. 

As I wrote in my message in the spring 
issue of "Leaves, " I retired this summer 
and began a new phase in my life. On 

July 24, Lasell's new Director of Annual 
Giving, Michelle Walmsley, took over 
and started a new chapter for the Lasell 
College Annual Fund. 

Michelle comes to us from Clark 
University where she spent the last five 
years working in the Alumni Affairs 
office and, since 2004, as Senior 
Assistant Director of the Clark Fund, 
where she was involved in many of 
the University's outreach programs, 
reunion gifts, and recent graduates. 
She also has a number of credits to her 

name including the coveted CASE, 
Council for Advancement and Support 
of Education, District I Rising Star, 
in 2003. 

We are pleased to welcome Michelle 
to the Lasell College Institutional 
Advancement office team. 

Noni Linton, 

Former Director of Annual Giving 

The Lasell Alumni, Parents and Friends Giving 2005/2006 


Academic Programs 
Greatest Need 

Buildings &. Groungs 


Financial Aid (Scholarships) 

The Lasell Annual Fund 

Welcome to 
Michelle Powers: 

Director of 
Annual Giving 

IVlichelle comes 
to Lasell from 
Tufts University's 
Medford campus 
in the University 
Office. Prior to 
working at Tufts, 
Michelle was a student at Clark 
University in Worcester, Massachusetts 
where she worked as a student 
researcher and Annual Fund caller for 
the Clark Fund. 

She graduated in 2005 from Clark 
University with a Bachelor's degree in 
Psychology and Art Histoiy and a minor 
in Women's Studies. 

Michelle will be in charge of this year's 
Lasell Phonathon. She will also assist 
the Director of Annual Giving in devel- 
oping the Graduates of the Last Decade 
(GOLD) Program, Parent Appeals, and 
the Senior Class Gift Program. She can 
be reached at (617) 243-2282 or * 


Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

Standing in front of the newly unveiled portrait of Kay Poore Hamel '49 are family mem- 
bers (L to R) David Hamel, John Hamel, Dana Hamel, Karen Simas, and Hillary Hamel. 

In June of 1999, Overseer Kathryn 
Poore Hamel '49 and her husband 
Dana were on campus in celebration of 
Kay's 50th Class Reunion from Lasell 
College. During the "Lasell 150" 
Campaign, the Hamels gave a generous 
gift and designated a portion of it to the 
renovation of the Edwards Student 
Center. The renovation was completed 
in the fall of 1999. In recognition of 
their extraordinary philanthropy, during 
Kay's Reunion weekend, the President's 
residence was named "Hamel House." 

Planned Giving 

Sadly, in September 2003, Kay passed 
away. Last November, the College com- 
missioned New York portrait artist 
Raymond Olivere to paint a portrait of 
Kay. During a brief ceremony following 
the June 2006 Board of Trustee meet- 
ing, the portrait of Kay was unveiled. 
Several of Kay's classmates, members 
of the Board, and Kay's family were in 
attendance. The portrait, which hangs 
in the "morning room" of Hamel 
House, will be a lasting tribute to 
Kay for the Lasell community for many 
generations to come. 

The Board of Trustees has voted to 
rename Seminary Suites to Butterworth 
Hall in honor of Evelyn Suor 
Butterworth '27, in recognition of her 
most generous bequest of $5 million. 

"We are deeply grateful to Mrs. 
Butterworth for her unwavering, 
long-standing faith in Lasell," says 
President Thomas E. J. de Witt. 
"Her philanthropy is a strong and 
clear vote of confidence for and trust 
in the College." 

Butterworth Hall is part of the 
Bragdon Quad and stands next to 
the Campus Center. '« 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

Vf e are pleased to continue our series 
of bequest donor profiles in this edition 
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals 
chose to support Lasell by making 
a provision in their will or trust to 
support the College at their deaths. 
Each loved their alma mater and 
believed in its future. We are grateful 
for their foresight and generosity. 

Our featured donor bequeathed 
$45,000 to Lasell. We hope she 
inspires you to consider bequest 
support as part of your philanthropic 
planning. For more information 
or to request a bequest language 
handout, please call or e-mail 
Dean for Institutional Advancement 
Ruth Shuman at 617.243.2140 or 

Beatrice "Trixie" V. 
Kidd Phelps '38 

Originally from 
Wellesley, MA, 
Trixie completed the 
medical secretary 
program at Lasell. 
Although she was a "day hop" (commut- 
ing student), she found the time to par- 
ticipate in hockey, student newspaper, 
and the Glee, Orphean, and Day 
Student Dramatic Clubs. 

After graduation, Trixie worked for 
several physicians specializing in 
cardiology, urology, and orthopedics 
in the Washington, D.C. area. She 
married Richard Phelps, who served as 
an organist and Chaplain's assistant of 
distinction at Ft. Belvoir Army Base in 
Springfield, VA for 50 years. The 
Phelps' then relocated to Rye, NH. 

Trixie enjoyed reading, traveling, music 
the seashore, and sailing. She had a 
solo quality voice and sang with the 
Handel and Hayden Society of Boston 
as well as other choirs and choruses in 
the Springfield, VA area. 

Her cousin Judy Hinds recalls, "Trixie 
always maintained her bright mind 
and interests — among them her 
steadfast respect for the College. 
Because it was such a financial stretch 
for her own family to send her to Lasell, 
it was always important to Trixie to 
provide scholarship support for other 
students." Trixie passed away in January 
2005 and bequeathed $45,000 for 
scholarship support. '■■■:■. 


Evelyn Suor Butterworth 'ij. 

' ; aancy Curtis Grellier '49 proudly 
displays her team shirt, which was pre- 
sented to her at the re-dedication of 
Grellier Field, on Saturday, April 1st. 
The new FieldTurf playing surface, 
which was made possible in part by the 
generous donation of Nancy and her 
husband Bill, is being used by the field 
hockey and lacrosse teams and is much 
appreciated by the athletes. 

The re-dedication was scheduled to 
coincide with the women's lacrosse 
match against Western New England 
College. Prior to the game, the 
Grelliers were given a loud round of 
applause by the Lasell Lasers. '» 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2Q 

Lasell Village 

Lasell Village Celebrates 6th Anniversary 

Faculty Offers Compelling Look at the Progress of the Village 
on College Learning Environment 

Lasell faculty offered a fascinating look 
at the impact of Lasell Village on the 
Lasell College learning environment, 
determined through research and 
tracking completed over the six-year 
life span of the intergenerational 
campus experiment. 

The findings, offered to an auditorium 
full of Villagers and alumni on May 19, 
2006, during reunion and commence- 
ment weekend, were presented by 
professors Steven Bloom, Ph.D., 
Dennis Frey, Ph.D., Paula Panchuck, 
Ph.D., and Mark Sciegaj, Ph.D. 

Among the findings were that the 
Village-College integration is unique, 
the intergenerational contact is a highly 
desirable feature of our campus-affiliat- 
ed community, the intergenerational 
dynamic exists between students and 
elders as well as between faculty and 
elders, and the benefits of intergenera- 
tional study exceed any challenges the 
dynamic imposes. 

According to Village Dean Paula 
Panchuck, "Residents have enrolled in 
50 Lasell College classes, and more than 
50 percent of Village residents have 
engaged in intergenerational on-site 
learning activities with College faculty 
and students or community groups." 

Mark Sciegaj, dean of Graduate and 
Professional Studies, reported that a 
faculty survey on course-related contact 
with Lasell Villagers, 36 percent of 
respondents indicated their main con- 
tact with Villagers was students, with 61 
percent logging their experiences with 
elder learners in the classroom as posi- 
tive and none indicating any negative 
experience. "Our survey indicated that 
95% would encourage future contact," 
said Mark. 

Looking at the dynamics of teaching 
elder learners, Steven Bloom, dean of 
Undergraduate Education, found that 
faculty identified elders as "eager learn- 
ers, appreciative, very motivated, and 
going well beyond class expectations." 
Elders were also seen as having "high 
regard/respect for their professors." 

While there have been some challenges 
that have bubbled up in the intergenera- 
tional mix (i.e., class dynamics — elder 
students gravitate to the front of larger 
classrooms and younger students 
towards the rear, at times segregating 
the class; some elders dominate 
the discussion; their level of knowl- 
edge/experience can be intimidating to 
traditional students who might hesitate 
to disagree; traditional students may 

(L to R) Professors Mark Sciegaj, Steven Bloom, and Dennis Frey wait to make their 

"coast"), it was clear that benefits out- 
weighed the challenges. 

Elders "provide different perspectives, 
enhance students' sense of themselves 
and the world around them, and inspire 
students to participate, absorb the 
material, engage faculty, and accept 
new knowledge." 

Humanities Chair and Assistant 
Professor of History Dennis Frey found 

that elders often serve as excellent 
sources of information that enrich a 
classroom experience by providing 
first-person accounts about historical 
events, social issues, social opportuni- 
ties and obstacles. "Their experiences 
do not always conform to written texts 
and so they prompt students to think 
more critically." '¥ 

Urban Land Institute Includes Lasell Village In 
New Book Celebrating Housing For Niche Markets 

-.asell Village was selected by the 
Urban Land Institute as one of 14 hous- 
ing projects throughout the United 
States to be spotlighted in the organiza- 
tion's new, coffee-table book, "Housing 
for Niche Markets, Capitalizing on 
Changing Demographics." 

"Today's successful developers are gain- 
ing a competitive edge by identifying 
new market niches and designing and 
developing precisely for them," says 
the book's foreword. The book explains 
the demographic trends, lifestyles, and 
preferences "that are turning the old 
predictable housing models upside 
down — showing what it takes to attract 
these new market segments." 

Illustrated with full color photographs, 
site plans, and editorial commentary, 
the book zeroes in on 14 case studies 
representing a wide variety of project 

types and sizes, describing strategies 
used to develop housing for particular 
income, age, family composition, and 
lifestyle niches. 

"We are pleased to have been included 
in this prestigious survey of cutting- 
edge housing that responds to new 
market trends and demands," said 
Thomas E.J. de Witt, president of Lasell 
College and the individual credited with 
coming up with the Lasell Village con- 
cept of lifelong learning. "We are proud 
of what we have accomplished at Lasell 
Village, and happy to share our good 
news in this informative book." 

The Urban Land Institute, located 
in Washington D.C., is a nonprofit 
education and research institute that is 
supported by its members. Its mission 
is to provide responsible leadership in 
the use of land in order to enhance the 
total environment. 




Lasell Leaves 

Fall 2006 

SpOrtS News 

Message from the Athletic Director 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

A new chapter for the Lasers has begun. 

Beginning in the fall of 2007, Lasell 
College will begin competing in the 
Great Northeast Athletic Conference. 
The GNAC announced on May 31st the 
acceptance of Lasell College, Mount Ida 
College, and St. Josephs College of ME 
as new active members. 

Lasell will officially withdraw from the 
North Atiantic Conference following the 
'06-07 playing seasons. The Lasers have 
been a member of the North Atiantic 
Conference since its inception in 1996, 
when it was known as the North Atiantic 
Women's Conference. The conference 
was re-named in 1999, following Lasell 
going co-ed and the addition of other 
co-educational institutions. During this 
time, Lasell captured three conference 
championships in men's basketball, two 

in women's volleyball, and one each in 
men's soccer, women's cross country, 
and softball, for an impressive total 
of eight. 

With the growth of our athletic program 
and the face of New England conference 
alignments changing this was the right 
time for us to make a move. We are 
excited to be invited for membership 
into the Great Northeast Athletic 
Conference and to begin a new chapter 
in Lasell Athletics. The GNAC is a good 
fit for Lasell as it will give us a greater 
presence in the Boston area. We are 
confident that this affiliation will 
enhance the overall athletic experience 
for our student-athletes. We look for- 
ward to being a good competitor and 
an active member of the conference. 

The current active members of the 
GNAC are: Albertus Magnus College 
(New Haven, CT), Daniel Webster 
College (Nashua, NH), Emerson 
College (Boston, MA), Emmanuel 
College (Boston, MA), Johnson & Wales 
University (Providence, RI), Norwich 
University (Northfield, VT), Pine Manor 
College (Chestnut Hill, MA), Rivier 
College (Nashua, NH), Saint Joseph 
College (West Hartford, CT), Simmons 
College (Boston, MA), Suffolk 
University (Boston, MA). 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Men's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 10-6 
Conference Record: 4-4 

Por the second consecutive season the 
men's lacrosse team finished with 10 
wins. "We lost a few games that we 
shouldn't have, but we are happy," says 
fourth year Head Coach Tim Dunton. 
"And, we were very pleased to earn a 
spot in the ECAC tournament for the 
third time in four years. It was unfortu- 
nate that we came up against the num- 
ber one seed, Keene State, but our team 

managed to keep the game tied at 5-5 
through the first two quarters." 

During the season, Louis Lucchetti 
scored his 100th career goal and was 
also named to the 2006 Pilgrim 
Lacrosse League All-Conference First 
Team. He shared this honor with Kyle 
Minaker '07, who was also named to 
the Pilgrim League All-Academic Team. 
The two were also named to the New 
England Intercollegiate Lacrosse 
Association (NEILA) East-West Senior 

All-Star Game, which was played at 
Tufts University. 

Alex Zayack '07 was named to the 
Pilgrim League Second Team and 
he broke the Lasell College career 
goal scoring record with 109 goals 
this season. 

"With the talent we have returning and 
a strong rookie class, we should be able 
to climb the ladder in the New England 
lacrosse scene," says Coach Dunton. v 

Alex Zayac '07 yells encouragment to his 

Women's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 7-8 
Conference Record: 4-2 

1 he women's lacrosse team made great 
strides this season, improving in several 
categories. Four players contributed 25 
or more points and two of the team's 
losses were by just one goal. 

Second year Head Coach Lynne Kirouac 
was named New England Women's 

Lacrosse Alliance Coach of the Year and 
several of her players also received 

Senior attack player Mandi Rapisardi 
was named to the All-Conference First 
Team, scoring 98 goals and 16 assists, 
which ranked her first in all of NCAA 
Division III women's lacrosse for goals 
per game. 

Goalkeeper Noelle O'Leary '07 and 
rookie attack player Caitlyn Murphy '09 
were also named to the First Team. 
O'Leary finished the season with 153 
saves and a .489 save percentage, and 
Murphy scored 53 goals and had 14 
assists. Sara Schlegel '07 was named 
Scholar Athlete of the Year. 

Caitlyn Murphy 'ocj sprints down the field. 


Overall Record: 23-17 
Conference Record: 13-5 

It was another 20 plus win season for 
the womerfs softball team and the 
Lasers were disappointed to have their 
streak end in the quarterfinal match of 

the North Atlantic Conference against 
Lesley University. 

It was a year of records. Pitcher Amanda 
Corey '08 went 19-6 on the season, 
which is the most wins for a pitcher in 
Lasell history. Heather Rose '09 had the 
single season record for most stolen 
bases, and Katlyn Billian had the single 
season home run record by hitting six. 

Senior Wendy Riddle finished her 
career with a .370 batting average and 
became the all-time leader for Lasell 
in both runs scored (126) and stolen 
bases (53). She was named to the NAC 
All-Conference Second Team. 

Katlyn Billian 'og behind the plate. 

Fall 2006 

Lasell Leaves X\ 

SpOrtS Lasell College Athletic Calendar for Fall 2006 

Field Hockey 2006 

Men's Basketball 2006-2007 

Men's and Women's Cross Country 2006 


5 Thursday 

7 Saturday 

8 Sunday 
14 Saturday 
18 Wednesday 

20 ftidaj 

21 Saturday 
26 Thursday 
28 Saturday 

@ Univ. of New England 
@ Elms College* 
@ Castleton State College 
@ Western New England* 
NAC Quarterfinals 

4:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 

'■Indicates North Atlantic Conference match 

Head Coach: )essica King (8th year) 
Assistant Coach: Laura Thibodeau (jrd year) 
Goalie Coach: )ess Gonynor (2nd year) 

Men's Soccer 2006 


I Sunday 

4 Wednesday 

7 Saturday 

8 Sunday 

II Wednesday 

14 Saturday 

15 Sunday 

18 Wednesday 

21 Saturday 

24 Tuesday 

28 Saturday 

31 Tuesday 


4 Saturday 

@ UMaine-Farmington* 
@ Becker College* 
@ Castleton State College* 
@ Johnson State College* 
NAC Quarterfinal 
NAC Semifinal 

NAC Championship 

12:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 



17 Friday 

18 Saturday 

29 Wednesday 


2 Saturday 

3 Sunday 

6 Wednesday 

8 Friday 

9 Saturday 

13 Wednesday 


6 Saturday 

9 Tuesday 

12 Friday 
16 Tuesday 
18 Thursday 
23 Tuesday 

26 Friday 

27 Saturday 

30 Tuesday 


2 Friday 

3 Saturday 
6 Tuesday 

10 Saturday 

13 Tuesday 

16 Friday 

17 Saturday 
20 Tuesday 

25 Friday 

26 Saturday 

Tufts Tip-Off Tournament 
Endicott vs. Rhode Island College 5:00 p.m. 

Lasell vs. Tufts 7:00 p.m. 
Tufts Tip-Off Tournament 

Consolation/Championship 2/4 p.m. 

UNION COLLEGE 7:00 p.m. 

@ Becker College* 3:00 p.m. 

@ Trinity College 2:00 p.m. 

@ Babson College 7:00 p.m. 


JOHNSON ST.* 3:00 p.m. 

@ Western Connecticut 7:00 p.m. 

@ WP1 7:00 p.m. 


@ Lesley University * 8:00 p.m. 


@ Mount Ida College* 7:00 p.m. 


@ Johnson St. College* 8:00 p.m. 

@ Castleton St. College* 3:00 p.m. 

ELMS COLLEGE* 8:00 p.m. 

@ Maine Maritime* 6:00 p.m. 

@ Husson College* 2:00 p.m. 

BECKER College* 6:00 p.m. 

@ Elms College* 1:00 p.m. 

@ MIT 7:00 p.m. 


THOMAS* 1:00 p.m. 

NAC Quarterfinals TBA 

NAC Semifinals TBA 

NAC Finals TBA 

•'Indicates North Atlantic Conference match 

Head Coach: Giovanni Pacini (9th Year) 
Assistant Coach: Ryan Michelangelo (4th Year) 
Goalkeeper Coach: Graig Murphy (2nd Year) 
Manager Nicole Carbone (3rd year) 

Women's Soccer 2006 

''"Indicates North Atlantic Conference match 

Head Coach: Aaron Galletta 

Women's Basketball 2006-2007 



1 Sunday 

@ UMaine-Farmington* 

2:15 p.m. 

17 Friday 

@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament 

4 Wednesday 


4:00 p.m. 

Lasell v. Keene St. 

3:00 p.m. 

7 Saturday 


1:00 p.m. 

WNEC v. Thomas 

5:00 p.m. 

8 Sunday 


12:00 p.m. 

18 Saturday 

@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament 

11 Wednesday 

@ Elms College* 

4:00 p.m. 



14 Saturday 

@ Castleton State College* 

1:00 p.m. 

28 Tuesday 

@ Regis College 

7:00 p.m. 

15 Sunday 

@ Johnson State College* 

1:00 p.m. 

30 Thursday 


7:00 p.m. 

18 Wednesday 

@ Lesley University* 

7:30 p.m. 


21 Saturday 


12:00 p.m. 

2 Saturday 

@ Becker College 


29 Sunday 

NAC Quarterfinal 


8 Friday 


6:00 p.m. 


9 Saturday 


1:00 p.m. 

1 Wednesday 

NAC Semifinal 


12 Tuesday 


4 Saturday 

NAC Championship 


14 Thursday 

@ Bay Path College 

7:00 p.m. 

-'Indicates North Adantic Conference match 


6 Saturday 

@ Wesleyan University 

1:00 p.m. 

Head Coach: Lisa McNamara (3rd Year) 

12 Friday 
16 Tuesday 

@ Lesley University 

6:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 

Assistant Coach: Jonathan Keefe (3rd Year) 

18 Thursday 


7:00 p.m. 

23 Tuesday 


6:00 p.m. 

26 Friday 

@ Johnson State College 

6:00 p.m. 


Volleyball 2006 

27 Saturday 

@ Casdeton State College 

1:00 p.m. 

30 Tuesday 


6:00 p.m. 



3 Tuesday 

@ Eastern Nazarene College 

7:00 p.m. 

2 Friday 

@ Maine Maritime Academy 

8:00 p.m. 

5 Thursday 


7:00 p.m. 

3 Saturday 

@ Husson College 

4:00 p.m. 

7 Saturday 



6 Tuesday 


8:00 p.m. 

10 Tuesday 


7:00 p.m. 

8 Thursday 


7:00 p.m. 

13 Friday 


7:00 p.m. 

10 Saturday 

@ Elms College 

3:00 p.m. 

14 Saturday 

@ Wheaton w/ Plymouth State 


13 Tuesday 


7:00 p.m. 

17 Tuesday 


7:00 p.m. 

16 Friday 


8:00 p.m. 

19 Thursday 


7:00 p.m. 

17 Saturday 


3:00 p.m. 

21 Saturday 

@ Thomas/UMaine-Farmington' 

' 10:00/12:00 

20 Tuesday 

NAC Quarterfinals 


24 Tuesday 

@ Brandeis University 

7:00 p.m. 

23 Friday 

NAC Semifinals 



24 Saturday 

NAC Finals 


1 Wednesday 

NAC Quarterfinal 


4 Saturday 

NAC Semifinal & Championship 


Head Coach: Matt Stein (2nd year) 

Assistant Coaches: Angelica Scott (2nd year), Paul Falewicz (2nd year) 

"•'Indicates North Atlantic Conference match 

Head Coach: Mary Tom (10th Year) 

Assistant Coach: Karen Chue (10th Year) 


7 Saturday 
13 Friday 
28 Saturday 

Roger Williams Univ. Invitational 
Saints Invitational (Emmanuel) 
NAC Championships 
@ Maine Maritime Academy 

M 445/W 4:00 


4 Saturday 
11 Saturday 

ECAC Championships 
NCAA Regionals 
@ Springfield College 



Head Coach: Larry Sullivan 
Assistant Coach: James Martin 

Listings that appear in capital letters 
denote home games. Occasionally, 
due to weather, etc., dates and times 
may change. 

For confirmation please check 
with the Athletics Department at 
(617) 243-2147. 



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